The federal government has a clear mandate to accelerate GHG reductions and create a net-zero emissions future. To do that, we need to retrofit almost every building in Canada to be highly energy efficient and to use zero-carbon energy sources.
The Prime Minister of Canada released the “mandate letters” to federal Ministers. Here are energy efficiency highlights from the letters, with some added context.
Canadians can expect Alterations to Existing Buildings (our national retrofit code) in 2030.
Buildings account for nearly 18% of Canada’s total GHG emissions and can make up as much as half of emissions in Canada’s major municipalities. Clearly, the path to reaching our climate commitments must include existing buildings.
Building the Canada we want in 2050: Efficiency Canada’s perspectives on the National Infrastructure Assessment
We welcome the opportunity to provide our thoughts and perspectives on the priorities laid out in Building the Canada We Want in 2050 Engagement Paper on the National Infrastructure Assessment. The Canada we want in 2050, with more inclusive and livable communities that offer affordable housing for all Canadians, can be achieved via wide-scale retrofits and net-zero new builds constructed with low and zero carbon building materials.