Mario Toneguzzi is a Troy Media reporter based in CalgaryBritish Columbia nabbed first place in Canada’s first-ever Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released Tuesday. Alberta ranked sixth and Saskatchewan was ninth. 

The scorecard is part of a Canada-wide database on energy efficiency policy, compiled by the Carleton University-based energy efficiency advocacy organization Efficiency Canada.

“Imagine thinking of all that energy waste from our homes, businesses and industry as a ‘resource’, just like natural gas, oil or wind turbines,” said Corey Diamond executive director of Efficiency Canada, in a news release. “Now imagine harvesting that ‘resource’ in every community across Canada, creating jobs and meeting our climate change commitments.

“Today’s launch of the Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks progress across the country, creating a friendly competition amongst the provinces so we can reach the potential that energy efficiency has to offer.”

The scorecard measures policy progress on  energy efficiency programs, enabling policies, buildings, transportation, and industry.

The report said energy efficiency — the energy saved with efficient and “smart” buildings, technologies and appliances — is increasingly being recognized as a vital tool for climate change mitigation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that 40 per cent of global Paris Agreement GHG reduction commitments can be met with energy efficiency measures, such as better insulation, smart home heating and cooling technologies, LED lighting, and high-efficiency appliances, it said.

“British Columbia’s top rank is due largely to the BC Energy Step Code for buildings, ambitious natural gas savings, and significant progress in vehicle electrification,” said Dr. Brendan Haley, the study’s lead author and the policy director at Efficiency Canada.

“Electricity savings is an area where BC is dropping compared to other provinces. A renewed commitment to expanding electricity savings will enable the electrification of heating and transport called for in the CleanBC plan, without creating the need to build expensive and risky generation projects.”

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