Carleton University-based advocacy organization Efficiency Canada, launched the country’s first-ever Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard on Wednesday. The group’s report is accompanied by a regularly-updated policy database.
The Canadian scorecard — similar to the state scorecard released annually by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) — measures policy progress on energy efficiency programs, enabling policies, buildings, transportation, and industry.
“British Columbia received the top score because of policies like the Energy Step Code that create a clear pathway towards net-zero energy-ready buildings, natural gas efficiency targets, and support for vehicle electrification. Quebec scores second, and is the national transportation leader,” explains Dr. Brendan Haley, the study’s lead author and the policy director at Efficiency Canada.
Haley says that in every province, there are strengths and areas that need improvement. “We also identified policy gaps across all provinces that should be priorities for federal action — including catalyzing finance, building code implementation and compliance, transforming heating markets, and training for efficiency jobs.”
Corey Diamond, executive director of Efficiency Canada says “Imagine thinking of all that energy waste from our homes, businesses and industry as a ‘resource’, just like natural gas, oil or wind turbines.”
“Now imagine harvesting that ‘resource’ in every community across Canada, creating jobs and meeting our climate change commitments.”
Diamond says that while many parts of Canada at odds concerning its energy future, increasing energy efficiency is something all Canadians can agree on.
“The launch of the Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks progress across the country, creating a friendly competition amongst the provinces so we can reach the potential that energy efficiency has to offer,” added Diamond.
The energy saved with efficient and “smart” buildings, technologies and appliances is increasingly being recognized as a vital tool for climate change mitigation.
According to the International Energy Agency, about 40 per cent of global Paris Agreement GHG reduction commitments can be met with energy efficiency measures. These include better insulation, smart home heating and cooling technologies, LED lighting and high-efficiency appliances.
In an earlier report, Efficiency Canada estimated that 118,000 annual jobs would be created between now and 2030 by implementing the energy saving policies found in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Efficiency Canada says the 2019 scorecard is a first for the organization.