With the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, Canada has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. To this end, a national climate strategy - the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change - was adopted in 2016, which was further deepened in December 2020 and set out by the federal government in the plan A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. One of the most important goals of the latter is to reduce energy consumption, particularly in the building sector.
Canada has over 15 million residential buildings and 480,000 commercial and institutional buildings. These account for 13% of national GHG emissions through the combustion of fossil fuels for space heating and water heating. Adding electricity use for cooling and lighting of equipment results in 18% of national GHG emissions. Under the A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy plan, new buildings are to be made more energy efficient. Older buildings are to receive retrofits.
To take a closer look at these opportunities, the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is organizing a bilateral Virtual Conference on Energy Efficiency in Office and Residential Buildings, which will take place on May 4, 2021, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST.
The conference is open to all representatives from the energy industry, associations, policy and media. It will include panel discussions with Canadian and German speakers. The audience will be invited to take part in the questions and answer sessions that follow each panel discussion.
The German Canadian Conference on Energy Efficiency in Office and Residential Buildings will also include representatives from a German trade mission to Canada which will take place from May 3-7, 2021. The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce organizes the weekly program for the participating companies which will allow them to learn more about the Canadian market. This will include individual B2B meetings between Canadian and German companies. Both, the conference and the trade mission, are part of the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.