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Policies, goals and objectives


the programme. Similarly, certain appliances and equipment have been subject to minimum energy conservation standards. These standards have been estimated to save consumers over USD 63 billion in 2015 alone and should reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of 1.5 billion cars from the time the programme was initiated in 1987 to 2030 (US Department of Energy 2016).


2016e). In addition to these programmes, the US has utility sector energy efficiency programmes, energy efficiency requirements for state buildings, and federal tax incentives for home and building energy efficiency improvements.


Another programme for energy efficiency, the Energy Star programme, is a voluntary programme that promotes energy efficient products and home energy savings, along with energy efficiency for new homes and buildings. From 1992 to 2013, this programme resulted in an abatement of 2 198 million metric tons of CO2


equivalents (US EPA


Canada also provides a number of incentives and programmes for energy efficiency. For example, fuel economy standards for cars have been matched to those of the United States. These Canadian standards are projected to result in a decrease of fuel consumption by up to 50 per cent less than 2008 vehicles and reduce GHG emissions by 174 million metric tons of CO2


equivalents (Government of Canada 2014b).


Canada also has efficiency standards for buildings, housing, equipment and industry through the ecoENERGY Efficiency programme. The programme includes not only standards, but tools to assist in improving buildings, encourages energy retrofits in buildings and accelerates energy-saving investments in industry. The programme is anticipated


tons per year, respectively (Canadian Department of Finance 2015).


to reduce emissions by 6.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year (Canadian Department of Finance 2015). Additionally, through the ecoEnergy Programme for Renewables and the Clean Energy fund, there have been reductions in CO2


emissions of 6.2 and 2.8 million metric


2011). Thus, there is great potential for countries to reduce GHG emissions through energy efficiency improvements.


Emerging and promising policies: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electrical generation


With a lack of specific environmental legislation in the US, existing instruments and authorities are being utilized; one example of this is to advance greenhouse gas emission reduction standards in the US. In 2015, US EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan, which established a new set of carbon dioxide emission standards for electrical power plants (US EPA 2015k). This new policy, the first-ever national standard to address carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, was


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With room for additional energy efficiency improvements, countries should consider the 25 energy efficiency recommendations that were developed in consultation with experts and the International Energy Agency (IEA) member states (IEA 2011). The cross-sectoral measures include data collection, development of strategies and action plans, along with monitoring, enforcement, and evaluation. Other recommendations are aimed at buildings, appliances and equipment, lighting, transport, industry and energy utilities. When these recommendations were made, they were estimated to have the potential to decrease global emissions by as much as 7.6 gigatonnes of CO2


/year (IEA


The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines a country’s national effort to improve energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation (2016). The national effort consists of the overall or cross- cutting indicators of energy use at the national level. Based on the ACEEE’s assessment, energy efficiency improvements could be made in the industrial and transportation sector in Canada (ACEEE 2016).


In particular, there is potential


to implement more public transit, which would reduce the number of vehicle miles travelled per person. In the US, the ACEEE claims that there is still room for improvement in energy efficiency in all areas, including buildings, industry, and transportation and at the national level (ACEEE 2016).


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