US and Canada sign new agreement on energy efficiency and building emissions
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WASHINGTON (July 20, 2021) – Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the signing of a new Research and Development Cooperation Agreement (CRADA) with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The agreement reiterates the two agencies to continue their collaboration on further enhancements to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, a free, online platform for measuring and tracking energy, water and energy. water, waste and emissions for commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings. To date, more than 26,000 Canadian buildings have used the tool to measure and track their energy use, which is equivalent to one-third of the commercial space in Canada.
“Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is essential to achieve our ambitious climate goals” said EPA administrator Michael S. Regan. “Today’s agreement with Natural Resources Canada will continue a 10-year research partnership between our agencies, enabling US and Canadian building owners to reduce energy consumption, costs and climate pollution.
“Canada and the United States redouble their efforts for the climate”, said the Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “This agreement is another step we are taking together towards a net zero future.”
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool is the industry standard for measuring and tracking energy performance in commercial buildings, used by more than 275,000 buildings, which represent a quarter of the total area of commercial buildings in the United States. . The tool provides dozens of energy performance metrics, and some buildings may also receive an ENERGY STAR score of 1-100, which assesses energy performance against similar buildings.
The signing of this agreement builds on the unique relationship between the United States and Canada, which also supports collaboration on ENERGY STAR products, homes and industrial factories, and will further strengthen cooperation in energy efficiency. commercial buildings. EPA began collaborating on commercial building efficiency with NRCan in 2011, enhancing Portfolio Manager with metrics, data and content specific to Canadian buildings.
The new agreement will provide continued enhancements to Portfolio Manager for the benefit of Canadian stakeholders, including new ENERGY STAR scores of 1 to 100 for the most common building types in Canada, a new gas emissions comparison feature greenhouse effect, as well as updated Canadian measures and French content. These improvements will also benefit US companies that own or manage buildings in Canada and consultants who support owners in both countries.
Commercial buildings account for nearly half of all energy use in the United States at a cost of over $ 300 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. An EPA study of 35,000 buildings shows that buildings that regularly assess their energy consumption reduce their energy consumption by 2.4% per year.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state and local organizations, including nearly 40% of Fortune 500 ® companies, rely on their partnership with the EPA to provide cost-effective energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save 5,000 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid more than $ 450 billion in energy costs, and reduce energy costs by 4 billion metric tons. greenhouse gases, all thanks to voluntary actions. Learn more about ENERGY STAR at https://www.energystar.gov/about