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As governments, citizens, non-profits and business owners continue to seek ways to address climate change, HRAI will continue to ensure the HVACR voice is heard and understood by federal and provincial/territorial governments. 

The HVACR sector is in a strong position to apply its expertise in the development of climate change solutions.  Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that increasing the energy performance of HVACR systems and reducing their carbon emissions is not only the right thing to do for the planet, it is also an excellent way to reduce energy costs and to save money for business owners and homeowners.  It is also an excellent source of quality jobs in the Canadian economy.  The transition to a cleaner, greener economy presents a tremendous economic development opportunity for HRAI members and for Canada in general. 

Consider the following facts:

  • The built environment contributes 17% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • These emissions are primarily caused by heating and cooling our indoor environment at home, work, schools, hospitals, and recreation facilities.
  • Evolving and even existing HVACR technologies make it immediately possible to provide the comfortable indoor environment Canadians want and expect -- in a way that minimizes negative environmental impacts.

Furthermore, the impacts of climate change are no longer seen as strictly an environmental issue.  Increasingly, it is an issue that is impacting all aspects of humanity – health, food security, physical safety if buildings, travel and -- for the HVACR sector and some other industries—these challenges present huge economic development opportunities. 

It is clear that saving energy is good for the environment.  For the HVACR sector, energy efficiency and carbon reduction also creates good jobs and grows our economy.

A December 4, 2019 letter from 26 Canadian CEOs and civil society leaders urged the Prime Minister and Premiers to act.  In their letter and in the accompanying report – Eight Reasons for Canada to Build a Clean Economy Now - they outline why and how the time is now to transition to a clean economy.

Through the utilization of evolving technologies that are uniquely linked to climate change mitigation, the HVACR sector has a crucial role to play in carbon reduction and increased energy efficiency.  In addition, the solutions HVACR can offer are directly compatible with the goals of governments and citizens across Canada and around the world.  

Globally, there is a growing shift to low carbon technologies, particularly those technologies that reduce emissions caused by heating and cooling.  As a result, the HVACR sector should be closely aligned with the clean, local and green economy in order to take advantage of the business opportunities that are imminent. 

Following the federal election and pan-national, citizen-led activities such as the Climate Strike, it appears that citizens and elected officials are willing to take additional steps to reduce carbon emissions and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Despite the opportunities, the HVACR sector remains constrained somewhat from realizing its potential role – constrained by a shortage of appropriately skilled labour, constrained by outdated regulations, and occasionally by poorly designed programs and policies.  For this reason, HRAI continues to talk with governments and to work collaboratively with those in other sectors to fully unlock the opportunities.

HRAI members want to do more and, with the right policies in place, HRAI members will do more.