Minister Carr issues Energy Star Challenge for Industry
October 10, 2017 — Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, announced the Energy Star Challenge for Industry today.
By Ellen Cools
The challenge calls for industrial companies and manufacturing plants to improve their productivity, environmental performance and bottom lines by improving their energy efficiency by 10% within five years.
Additionally, it encourages Canadian industrial manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use and related costs and be more competitive while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will see organizations employ low-cost actions such as turning off lights and equipment when not in use and fixing leaks in compressed air systems.
Organizations can also take other actions, such as installing energy-efficient lighting and replacing equipment with more energy-efficient models, to generate more energy savings.
Carr issued the challenge on the eve of the Generation Energy Forum, a two-day conference in Winnipeg that brings together over 600 experts, industry representatives, traditional and emerging energy sectors and indigenous and community leaders from across the country and the world to help define Canada’s energy future.
“The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is one more way to help us get to that cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Carr. “It’s also a great way to kick off Generation Energy, which is the culmination of a national conversation we’ve been having with Canadians to imaging our energy future and a Canada that leads the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”
It also builds on the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation, a government-industry partnership aimed at improving energy efficiency in Canada.