Netherlands

Energy Savings in Greenhouse Horticulture (GLAMI)

2001

To improve the efficiency of greenhouse horticulture by 65%, relative to 1980, the Dutch government supports the industry in reducing the use of fossil energy, in growing production and use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The government uses a negotiated agreement with the horticulture industry (Glami Convenant) and efficiency standards (Greenhouse Horticulture Orders in Council). This is a public-private partnership with costs shared.

Ireland

Energy Awareness Week and Staff Special Offers

1999

"Energy Awareness Week" is an annual programme, co-ordinated by the Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), which aims to create greater awareness for consumers of the importance of sustainable energy with reference to matters such as sources of energy, the various environmental impacts and national/international obligations. SEI is also available to help companies organise their own events, providing Energy Awareness leaflets and a Staff Special Offer Campaign for Self Audit Firms.

Austria

Energy Consulting for Households: klima:aktiv leben to Employ Chimney-Sweepers as Climate Ambassadors

2005

Part of the larger Austrian climate strategy, the klima:aktiv leben campaign partners with the nations chimney sweepers to publicize energy efficiency measures in residences. In selecting the chimney sweepers as climate ambassadors, the Austrian government recognized the chimney sweepers role as the first contact with ecological aspects of heating.

Sweden

Building Performance Standards (Building Regulations)

1995

Building regulations (BFS 1993:57) aim to ensure that newly constructed buildings meeting essential technical requirements as well as environmental goals, such as that of a "Good built environment." Regarding energy use, building regulations require new construction to limit energy use through low heat losses, low cooling requirements, and efficient heating, cooling and electricity usage.

Denmark

Promotion of energy savings in buildings

2006

The Act on promoting energy savings in buildings, together with three supplementary decrees (on energy labelling, inspection of boilers and heaters, and inspection of ventilation and air conditioning systems respectively) are key instruments relating to the implemention of Articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The requirements relate to the energy labelling of new buildings and buildings when they are sold entered into force on 1 January 2006.

Canada

City of Toronto TowerWise Program

TowerWise was started in 2007 by Toronto Atmospheric Fund to focus on reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto's residential high-rises. By removing barriers, such as lack of financing and low awareness, TowerWise helps these buildings reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 30%. Through a combination of innovative financial products, technical research, and policy development, TowerWise has accelerated adoption of energy efficiency technologies in Toronto.

Australia

YourEnergySavings.gov.au

2014

YourEnergySavings.gov.au is the place to go to for households to find a huge range of easy-to-read, practical information on how to save energy, cut power bills and water use, reduce waste and travel smarter. It also has up-to-date summaries of all government energy efficiency and sustainability rebates and assistance.  

YourEnergySavings.gov.au replaces LivingGreener.gov.au

Denmark

Promoting energy efficiency in state institutions

2005

The act from 2005 and circular from 2009 was amended in 2014 in accordance with the article 5 and 6 of the energy efficiency directive. The aim is to promote energy efficient behavior in government institutions as well as securing energy efficient operation and maintenance of buildings owned and leased by the government. The target is to reduce the state energy consumption by 14 percent in 2020 compared to 2006.

Germany

Implementation of EU Directives

EU mandatory labelling: Member States have the responsibility (in addition to transposition and compliance) to ensure that the labelling schemes are accompanied by educational and promotional information campaigns aimed at encouraging more responsible use of energy by private customers. Germany has implemented the EU labelling Directive 2010/30/EU for energy-related products (see related policies) in the Energy Consumption Labelling Act and the Energy Consumption Labelling Ordinance (EnVKG and EnVKV).

Canada

SaskPower Municipal Ice Rink Program (Saskatchewan)

Our Municipal Ice Rink Program provides valuable power-saving information and technical resources to help Saskatchewan municipalities make their facilities more cost efficient to operate.

We offer a number of ways to help you cut costs, including:

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