Toronto, ON — The Government of Canada is recognizing manufacturers, retailers and other organizations for their outstanding work in promoting energy efficiency. Roy Cullen, member of parliament for Etobicoke North, recently presented the first Special Recognition Awards for Energy Star Market Transformation at a ceremony in Toronto. Cullen made the presentation on behalf of the Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
“These organizations have made excellent strides in promoting the Energy Star mark, thereby helping Canadians choose energy-efficient products,” said Cullen. “With their ongoing support, we will continue to inform Canadians about the benefits of energy efficiency and develop the products and services that can help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”
Awards were presented to manufacturers, retailers and environmental advocates who were chosen because of their early commitment and significant contributions to Energy Star and its energy-efficiency objectives. This initiative is one element of the Government of Canada’s Climate Change Plan for Canada, in which all Canadians are asked to reduce individual emissions by 20 per cent or about one tonne a year.
This year’s winners are as follows:
– Whirlpool Canada Inc. – Manufacturer of the Year
– Panasonic Canada Inc. – Manufacturer of the Year
– Sears Canada Inc. – Retailer of the Year
– British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority – Public Service Program of the Year
– Keep Cool Campaign, organized by the Clean Air Foundation – Promotional Campaign of the Year
– Clean Air Partnership and Toronto Atmospheric Fund for developing the Clean Air – – – – Consumer Guide – Participant of the Year
– Public Works and Government Services Canada – Government Initiative of the Year – Federal Level
– Yukon Development Corporation – Government Initiative of the Year – Provincial/Territorial Level.
The Energy Star symbol is an international mark of energy efficiency. Energy Star-qualified products, with their specifications for high energy-efficiency, help save energy without compromising performance or features. NRCan, through its Office of Energy Efficiency, promotes the Energy Star symbol in Canada. It encourages suppliers of energy-efficient products, utilities, governments and non-government organizations to become active participants in the program.