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Harmonizing Canadian and USA energy efficiency equipment standards is an important task that allows manufacturers to make systems affordable for end users, and operations simpler for the HVAC industry. It can be a slow process, so HRAI and others are trying to move it along.

Bill C-63 received Royal Assent on December 14, 2017 and included new provisions for amending energy efficiency standards and regulations. HRAI and four other industry representatives  are advocating that the Minister of Natural Resources Canada act immediately on some of these new provisions to make the regulatory amendment and alignment process function more quickly and efficiently for stakeholders.  The industry groups would like to see the new processes invoked in moving along Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Act.  Amendment 14 includes minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for a range of products represented by the five associations.

The five groups recently co-signed a letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, commenting on the language of Division 10, and recommending the next logical step, which would be to use the provision of greater powers for the Ministry to independently streamline some regulatory and administrative aspects in the process. The letter suggests this would create a “more nimble and flexible” process for updating MEPS and product test procedure standards.

The letter was signed by the HRAI, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Canada (AHAM), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), and Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC). The co-signatories represent “100% of the products that are regulated under Canada’s Energy Efficiency Act and Regulations.”

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