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On November 21-23, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) hosted its fourth annual “Day on the Hill” in Ottawa and, by all accounts, the events had a positive impact on elected officials and industry attendees alike.

After a stirring keynote address from Minister of Natural Resources Canada Jim Carr, delivered by Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd (MP Lib, for Peterborough-Northumberland), the agenda for November 22nd included a full day of meetings with over 30 MPs from the government and opposition parties, including the Minister of Finance as well as the chairs and members of significant committees such as Natural Resources and the Environment.  The message delivered by CEEA members to MPs was that energy efficiency is not only the lowest cost and most effective policy tool for achieving carbon emission reductions, it also delivers substantial economic benefits to Canadians (consumer and business savings, job creation, improved infrastructure, and enhanced tax revenue).  At least some elements of the message resonated with each and every MP.

In addition to HRAI’s Martin Luymes (serving as Chair of CEEA), HRAI was represented by a number of members, including Honeywell, Enercare, Frontier Refrigeration, the EnerGuy and Venmar, as well as a number of utility and other associate members that are committed members of CEEA. 

On November 23rd, CEEA followed up with a Business Forum which highlighted Ottawa’s “greening of government” and illustrated the numerous opportunities for energy efficiency investment.  Representatives from the Department of Defence and the Department of Procurement and Public Works were clear about their aggressive plan to reduce GHG emissions and save energy in federal buildings. The OEE’s Patricia Fuller introduced members to new staff and also discussed the role NRCan has played in working with other departments to develop the federal government’s climate framework that was presented to the provincial governments in December.  Finally, Global Affairs Canada reported on how trade commissioners can assist businesses looking to expand their markets outside of Canada.

For more information on CEEA’s Day on the Hill, click here, or contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.