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On December 4-5, HRAI Director of Programs and Relations Martin Luymes, representing the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), joined a delegation of industry groups representing segments of the Canadian energy sector in a “Canada-China Track II Energy Dialogue” held in Beijing, China, in conjunction with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s talks with China’s leadership about enhancing trade between the two countries.

 The Track II Dialogue was set up to explore the opportunities for increasing trade and investment in energy-related goods and services between the two countries. The initiative brings together Canadian and Chinese stakeholders with a mandate to conduct a formal, year-long dialogue and to propose recommendations to their respective governments.  The Canadian delegation represented a wide variety of resource sectors and interests, including oil, gas, nuclear power, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  The discussions on energy efficiency opportunities in both countries, initially intended to be wide-ranging, included a significant focus on HVACR products and services.

 The meetings in Beijing were exploratory in nature, and raised a series of questions that will require further analysis.  Follow-up meetings in Vancouver later in 2018 will be informed by detailed research that will be conducted in the interim on the issues raised in Beijing.

 For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.