February 12, 2007

Industry continues improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions, says CIPEC

Canadian industry used less energy and generated fewer emissions to produce more goods in 2004 - the most recent year for which figures are available - as indicated by figures from the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)'s recently-released annual report for 2006. In Delivering Results, CIPEC reports that energy intensity in Canadian industry improved by 2.6%, while emissions declined by 1.8%.

"Energy efficiency and the environment are getting near the top of the agenda in boardrooms across Canada, and these results are the clearest indication that this is the case," says Emco Corporation chair Doug Speers, who heads the CIPEC executive board. "From a corporate standpoint, energy efficiency makes sense. Industry leaders are concerned about emissions and are convinced of the competitive advantage that comes with better energy management."

The report, which documents trends in industrial energy efficiency since 1990, also shows that Canadian industry has been improving energy efficiency and keeping emissions in check consistently for 14 years.

From 1990 to 2004, CIPEC's industrial sectors improved energy intensity by 9.1%. If energy intensity had remained constant, rather than declining by 0.7% per year, the report says Canada's greenhouse gas emissions would have been 29.5 megatonnes higher in 2004.

In addition to chronicling the energy efficiency performance for 27 industrial sectors, the report features 43 industry success stories focusing on the achievements of Industrial Energy Innovators, a select group of companies that have made energy efficiency a priority.

Established in 1975, CIPEC is a voluntary partnership between government and industry dedicated to improving Canada's industrial energy efficiency. The partnership includes more than 5,000 companies in the manufacturing, mining, construction and energy-producing sectors and works collaboratively with 52 industry associations. CIPEC companies together account for over 98% of industrial activity in Canada and in 2004, contributed $303 billion to the Canadian economy and saved close to $3.1 billion in energy costs as a result of better energy management. CIPEC is administered through Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE).

"Companies are taking advantage of the many tools and services offered through CIPEC, including the Dollars to $ense energy management workshops and the Industrial Energy Audit Incentive," notes Michael Burke, director of the OEE's industrial programs division.

More information is available from Hydie Del Castillo, 613/996-6891, or on the CIPEC Web site, www.cipec.ca.

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