Canada Tightens Appliance, Motor Rules to Align With U.S.

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By Peter Menyasz

Canada is adopting more stringent energy efficiency standards for products such as microwave ovens, electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers to align them with U.S. rules.

The regulatory changes impose new efficiency standards for 20 categories of products, but their implementation will be delayed for six months to meet industry requests for additional time to transition to U.S. standards that are already in effect.

Final amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations set minimum energy performance standards, test procedures and information requirements for the products, as well as specific dates for their adoption that align with those in the U.S., the Canadian government said Dec. 28.

The changes follow on the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council initiative to align energy standards between the two countries, as only about 50 percent of standards previously matched across the border, with U.S. standards generally tighter, it said. In June, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. agreed to align 10 energy efficiency standards across North America by 2019.

The amendments are scheduled to take effect June 28, 2017.

Other Benefits

Energy savings from the standards are expected to cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 metric tons a year by 2030. That will contribute toward the goal of reducing Canadian emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The standards are projected to provide C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) in net benefits by 2030, with total benefits exceeding total costs by almost a 5:1 ratio.

Canada’s energy efficiency compliance and enforcement regime will continue to rely on third-party verification, unlike the U.S. approach allowing manufacturers to conduct their own testing, it said. “It provides a level of independence, transparency and credibility to the regulatory program,” it said.

The amendments tighten regulatory standards for 20 product groups, including dishwashers (household and commercial); refrigerators and freezers; clothes washers and dryers (household, integrated and commercial); central air conditioners and heat pumps; commercial and institutional chillers; electric motors, one–500 horsepower; fluorescent lamp ballasts; general service fluorescent lamps; general service incandescent reflector lamps; ice-makers; and refrigerated beverage vending machines.

The amendments also make minor changes to the scope of standards or reporting requirements for electric ranges, exit signs, external power supplies, gas fireplaces, through-the-wall gas furnaces, general service lamps, large air conditioners and large heat pumps and televisions.

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