Energy Efficiency, Industrial  -  October 11, 2017

Canada calls on industry to improve energy intensity

Canada's government on Oct. 10 challenged the country's industrial manufacturers to improve the energy intensity of their operations by 10% over the next five years. 

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, issued the challenge inside a large bakery for Weston Foods, which had committed to the challenge, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, according to CBC News. Carr's comments came ahead of a two-day energy forum in Winnipeg, where he seperately called on the country "to act now to develop an affordable and reliable path to the low-carbon economy of the future." 

Industrial manufacturing is the most energy-intensive sector of Canada's economy, producing more than one-third of the country's greenhouse gases, making it an optimal place to begin looking for efficiencies, Carr said in his speech at Weston Foods. The minister also thanked Walter Kraus, vice-president of environment and corporate sustainability at Weston Foods, "for taking on the challenge and highlighting 'that you can make a lot of dough' saving energy," according to CBC. 

Companies who participate in the challenge and meet or exceed a 10% reduction in energy intensity will be recognized as Energy Star Achievers; The challenge builds on the government's launch of its Energy Star for Industry Program, which, modelled after the U.S. program, aims to help the country's industrial manufacturing companies reduce energy use and save money. 

 

 

Keywords: Canada, Jim Carr

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