The Canadian government has adopted a U.S. program to promote energy efficient and environmentally friendly products.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-08-01 [SolarAccess.com] The Canadian government has adopted a U.S. program to promote energy efficient and environmentally friendly products. Natural Resources Canada has signed an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to bring ‘Energy Star’ products to Canadian consumers. “The Energy Star label makes it easy for consumers and businesses in the U.S. – and now Canada – to use energy more efficiently, save money and help protect the environment,” says EPA administrator Christie Whitman. “Our new partnership with Natural Resources Canada will provide consumers there with an easy way to determine a product’s energy efficiency.” The energy program of President George Bush calls for an expansion of the Energy Star program to include additional buildings and products. This fall, EPA will launch a national public awareness campaign to increase consumers awareness of the link between energy efficiency and the Energy Star label. “By any measure, the demand for energy in North America is challenging our ability to continue to supply homes and businesses with the power they need,” explains Whitman. “Energy efficiency, through technology and innovation will be crucial to our energy security, as well as our quality of life, in the 21st century.” Last year, EPA says the program resulted in greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing ten million cars off the road in the U.S. alone. It estimates that 864 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions have been prevented due to Energy Star commitments, with cumulative energy bill savings of $60 billion through 2010. By establishing uniform criteria in Canada and the U.S., the agreement is designed to increase global supply and demand for energy efficient equipment. U.S. manufacturers should find it easier to highlight the efficiency of their products in Canada. Energy Star was established in 1992 and EPA estimates that 600 million products have been purchased and thousands of buildings have been upgraded, providing savings of $4 billion.