Policy type

Codes and standards

Switzerland

Energy Strategy 2050

2017

On 4 September 2013 the Federal Council submitted to Parliament the first set of measures in the Energy Strategy 2050. The Council wishes to significantly develop the existing potential for energy efficiency and exploit the potential of hydro power and the new renewable energies (sun, wind, geothermal, biomass). The set of measures entail a total revision of the Energy Law as well as changes in various other Federal laws. Parliament approved the law proposal on 30 September 2016, Swiss voters followed suit on 21 May 2017.

Canada

SaskPower Electricity Initiatives

2016

SaskPower has committed to reducing electricity sector emissions by 40% through reaching 50% renewable electricity capacity by 2030. SaskPower is planning to move forward with utility scale solar power generation, which would include at least 60 MW of solar, with a competitive procurement beginning in 2016. This will be done through a series of 10 MW requests for proposals for solar, in order to reach 60 MW of solar by 2021.  These RFPs will alternate between partnerships with First Nations, and with other communities.

New Zealand

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT ACT 2016

2016

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act came into force on 1 July 2016. The Act makes a number of changes including requirements relating to insulation.  The new insulation requirements in the Act apply to social housing from 1 July 2016 and all other rentals from 1 July 2019. Landlords must include in all tenancy agreements from 1 July 2016 a declaration of the level of insulation underfloor, in walls and in the ceiling, and all insulation installed from 1 July 2016 must be to the latest 2008 standards. 

Canada

Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan

2016

Building from New Brunswick's 2007 Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), the 2014-2020 CCAP establishes provincial GHG reduction goals for 2020 and 2050:

  • 2020 - 10% below 1990 levels
  • 2050 - 75-85% below 1990 levels

Furthermore, the CCAP lays out key incremental goals to be achieved between 2014-2020: 

Goal 1: Enhance Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change

Key Action Areas:

Indonesia

MEPS and Labelling for Air Conditioning (Ministerial Regulation No.07/2015)

2016

The MEPS and labelling for Air Conditioning regulation has been enacted in January 2015 and will be in force on August 2016. It only applies for the residential AC with single split wall mounted type and with a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 8.53  (inverter and non inventer type).

This regulation also concerns that the MEPS testing procedure for the AC will be carried appropriately by the certified agency. The star rating starts from 1 star - for the AC which has a minimum EER 8.53- to 4 star rating for the AC which has minimum EER 10.41. 

Canada

New Brunswick Power Rebates Program (NB Power)

2015

This program provides information on energy-efficient products that are designed to reduce energy use and costs. It also offers a number of rebates for the following equipment:
- Ductless Heat Pumps: $500 for the purchase of efficient, cold climate ductless heat pump;
- ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators: $50 rebate fpr eligible refrigerators;
- CEE tier 3 clothes washers: $75 on CEE Tier 3 clothes washers.

United States

Clean Power Plan

2015

Serving as a key piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Clean Power Plan sets goals for reducing the US's GHG emissions 32% by 2030 (which exceeds the US's COP21 NDC target of 26-28%). 

Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the US EPA established interim and final COemissions performance rates for two subcategories of fossil fuel-fired electric generation units:  

Italy

Application of energy performance calculation methods and definition of minimum requirements

2015

The decree completes the transposition of the European Directive EPBD 2002/91/CE, and modifies the Decree 192/2005. This legislative measure comprises three different decrees. The first one defines the requirements of nearly zero energy buildings and set the new minimum requirements, to be in force since October 2015. A new calculation method for the energy performance is introduced, based on the comparison with a reference building having the characteristics set in the the decree.

United States

Clean Power Plan

2015

Serving as a key piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Clean Power Plan sets goals for reducing the US's GHG emissions 32% by 2030 (which exceeds the US's COP21 NDC target of 26-28%). 

Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the US EPA established interim and final COemissions performance rates for two subcategories of fossil fuel-fired electric generation units:  

Italy

Application of energy performance calculation methods and definition of minimum requirements

2015

The decree completes the transposition of the European Directive EPBD 2002/91/CE, and modifies the Decree 192/2005. This legislative measure comprises three different decrees. The first one defines the requirements of nearly zero energy buildings and set the new minimum requirements, to be in force since October 2015. A new calculation method for the energy performance is introduced, based on the comparison with a reference building having the characteristics set in the the decree.

Italy

Storage systems

2015

The Italian Regulator identified technical specifications to integrate storage systems into the national electricity. Gestore dei Servizi Energetici has defined the procedure of implementation specifying: requirements to keep the benefits (incentives) granted to production plants; the algorithms used for the quantification of electricity produced and fed into the grid from those installations as well as the payment method of the recognized benefits.

Poland

Act on obligation to provide information on energy consumption by energy-using products

2015

The Act of 14 September 2012 on obligation to provide information on energy consumption by energy-using products was amended by the Act of 27 May 2015 which provided further improvement of functioning of the control system of energy-using products and “Energy Star” system. 

Indonesia

Labelling for Ballasted Lamp

2015

The labelling for ballasted lamps has been effective since June 2015, or, 12 months after the Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2014 was enacted.

It has been designed to provide information about the lighting quality to the public by showing star sign rating in order to promote energy savings. 

Canada

British Columbia Power Smart Partner - Energy Study (BC Hydro)

2015

This Program provides a comprehensive look at a facility's energy using systems with detailed recommendations. The energy study will identify, analyze and recommend cost-effective solutions to improve inefficient systems, and increase the reliability and energy efficiency of a facility. After the energy study is complete, participants receive a report that provides detailed suggestions for improvements, and data that can be used to make informed decisions and build a solid business case.

Canada

British Columbia Energy Evaluator Tool (BC Hydro)

2015

This tool has been designed for small to medium sized businesses using less than $200,000 annually on electricity. It is available in two versions to focus on the needs of commercial and industrial customers. This tool provides an action plan and a benchmarking report (comparing a facility's energy use to similar customers).

Australia

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

2015

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) was established on 3 August 2012, with $10 billion in funding available over 5 years. The CEFC invests in renewable energy, low-emissions technology and energy efficiency projects. Funding is generally provided through loans on commercial or concessional terms. However, the CEFC is not restricted from using other structures to address impediments to investment in the clean energy sector. 

Canada

Nunavut Green Purchasing Policy

2015

The Green Procurement Policy is being developed to mandate the purchase of Energy Star Rated equipment, which is 10% to 35% more energy efficient than existing equipment. This will directly contribute to the GN’s energy savings targets under Ikummatiit and to the energy savings in leased and private buildings. The Government of Nunavut is reviewing costs and benefits of incorporating environmental costs into its purchasing decisions.

Kazakhstan

Energy Management System - ISO 50001

2014

In accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 10 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On energy saving and increasing energy efficiency” (amended on 10.07.2012), from 1 of January 2014 the subjects of the State Energy registry consuming energy resources in the amount equivalent to one thousand five hundred and more tons of oil equivalent per year, are required to establish, implement and organize the work of the energy management system (SEnM) in accordance with International Standard on Energy Management ISO 50001:2011.

 

 

Kazakhstan

Energy Management System - ISO 50001

2014

In accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 10 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On energy saving and increasing energy efficiency” (amended on 10.07.2012), from 1 of January 2014 the subjects of the State Energy registry consuming energy resources in the amount equivalent to one thousand five hundred and more tons of oil equivalent per year, are required to establish, implement and organize the work of the energy management system (SEnM) in accordance with International Standard on Energy Management ISO 50001:2011.

 

 

Canada

Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

2014

On April 13, 2012, the Government of Canada announced proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. These proposed regulations would reduce emissions from the whole range of on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines, including large pick-up trucks, short/long-haul tractors, cement and garbage trucks, buses, and more, for the 2014 model year and beyond. They would allow the Government of Canada to continue establishing emission standards and test procedures that are aligned with those of the United States.  

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