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Building Electrification Pathway 

In mid-December, HRAI was invited to participate in a consultation organized and hosted by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF).  The purpose was to discuss how a Building Electrification Pathway (BEP) could be integrated into the regulatory development of the Clean Fuel Standards.  HRAI is pleased to be included along with a diverse group of and other stakeholders. 

The focus of the discussion was on the new Clean Fuel Standards (CFS) federal regulations which aim to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while stimulating innovation and investment in low carbon fuels and energy sources.  The objective of the proposed regulation is to achieve 30 megatonnes of annual reduction of GHG emissions by 2030 and to contribute to Canada’s overall efforts to achieve a national GHG reduction target of 30% by 2030.  The CFS regulations will be focused on achieving reductions from each of the transportation, building and industry sectors.  The regulations will include carbon intensity reduction requirements for liquid, gaseous and solid fossil fuels. 

As we know, building fossil fuels onsite to provide heating, cooling and hot water in buildings accounts for approximately 17% of the GHG emissions in Canada.  As HRAI has previously noted, the HVACR sector is in a strong position to apply its expertise in the development of climate change solutions focused on GHG emissions reduction.  Not only is this improving the energy performance of HVACR systems and reducing their carbon emissions the right thing to do for the planet, but it is also an excellent business opportunity as well as a way to reduce energy costs and to save money for business owners and homeowners.

As we also know, there are numerous opportunities to reduce the sector’s overall environmental footprint.  Building electrification refers to the move from fossil fuel-powered equipment to clean, highly efficient electric technologies like electric heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. 

The discussion was an opportunity to discuss issues and to work towards building consensus with a variety of diverse stakeholders and to provide recommendations.  Other participants included representatives from wholesalers, utility companies, property and building owners and clean energy companies

The next step in this process is for TAF to circulate a white paper summarizing key recommendations regarding the detailed policy design early in 2020.  HRAI will review this and provide additional feedback to inform that development of the final paper and recommendations.  The final paper will be provided to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Canada for their information and consideration. 

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.  

If you have questions or are looking for information about the Clean Fuel Standard or another issue, please connect with Martin Luymes, mluymes@hrai.ca or Dorothy McCabe, dmccabe@hrai.ca.