Study Claims Canadians Can Save Billions with Efficiency

Canadians will pocket CAN$200 billion (US$126 billion) in energy savings by 2030 if Ottawa meets and exceeds the Kyoto Protocol’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, according to a new study from the David Suzuki Foundation and the Climate Action Network of Canada.

Ottawa, Canada – October 4, 2002 [] Released in Ottawa this week, the report is in stark contrast to claims from powerful business interests that the Kyoto targets are unrealistic and too expensive. Kyoto and Beyond sets out how Canada can dramatically cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, while creating jobs and cutting energy costs at the same time. “It’s a straightforward approach that is based on existing technologies and practical, proven energy efficiency techniques,” said Ralph Torrie, the report’s author and one of Canada’s leading sustainable energy experts. “It includes retrofitting buildings, using alternative forms of energy and improving public transportation. Taking these steps would move Canada beyond the modest Kyoto target of reducing emission six percent below 1990 levels. In fact, it puts us on a path to cutting our emissions in half.” Torrie’s analysis outlines how energy efficiency in Canada is actually the country’s most important ‘source’ of new energy – efficiency gains provided more new energy than all other sources combined from 1975 to 1998. New energy efficiencies have resulted in the creation of better homes, better appliances and better office machines for Canadians, with consumer savings totaling more than CAN$50 billion (US$31.5 billion) since 1975.
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