The International Energy Agency denotes energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel” that is to say, stretching already-produced energy over more uses. This is a principle all Canadian energy operators take into account. Canadian governments and private sector organizations work tirelessly every day to advance energy efficiency initiatives and programs from retrofits to regulations to education.
Canada recognizes that efficiency is integral to promoting economic growth, job creation , competitiveness, tackling climate change, and increasing resilience. According to the Government of Canada, Canada’s energy intensity, measured by GDP, declined 17% between 2000 and 2018, and energy efficiency measures saved $38.2 billion (CAD) in energy costs for the year 2017 alone and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the equivalent of more than 27 million cars.
Canadian energy efficiency is tracked and reported on regularly by Efficiency Canada in terms of job creation, economic advantage, and greenhouse gas reductions . Efficiency Canada has set a goal for doubling Canadian energy efficiency by 2025 .
In recent years, many technological innovations have enabled Canada’s energy industry to become more efficient and to allow people across the globe to better benefit from this “first fuel.”Innovative in and of themselves, energy efficiency programs and policies have been advanced by governments across Canada in the form of billions of dollars’ worth of investment in retrofitting existing facilities, updating regulations and building codes, and education.
In 2018, close to 51,000 establishments across several Canadian industries generated $82.6 billion (CAD) in estimated operating revenues from the provision of energy efficiency goods and services. Together, these establishments directly employed 436,000 permanent energy efficiency workers.All industry and government organizations recognize the importance of using energy more efficiently as effectively the lowest cost and most abundant Canadian energy resource.