Canada is launching a program to provide financial aid to organizations looking to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial and institutional buildings.
The assistance is open to industry associations, utilities, indigenous organizations, as well as different layers of the local government.
According to the Environmental Leader, Canada has a target to reduce total greenhouse emissions by 40% to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
The building sector is the third-largest source of emissions in the country with a share of 18%.
“To help achieve its net-zero target, Canada has a goal of reducing the emissions from buildings by 37% through 2030. Some of the plans to reach that goal include construction of new net-zero buildings, retrofitting existing buildings to be more sustainable and energy efficient, and making improvements in water and heating systems. The International Energy Agency says to hit global net-zero targets, all new buildings and 20% of existing buildings need to be zero-carbon as soon as 2030.”
The Canadian city of Regina is an example of energy efficiency projects taking a full swing. It plans to reach net zero by 2050 through net-zero construction, renewable energy, and efficient heating systems.
One of the goals of the program is to make wider use of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard in construction across Canada.
The ISO 50001 framework helps set up policies for more efficient energy use, as well as fixed targets to meet those policies.