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March 18, 2004
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Teaming up for energy efficiency
Arts Building
A partnership between Memorial University and the federal government will look into energy improvements to all 49 buildings of the St. John's campus. Some buildings, like the Arts Building pictured here, are over 40 years old.
Memorial University is seeking to improve its energy use, with help from a Government of Canada program that assists institutions plan their building renovations to achieve energy efficiency. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), applauded the university’s efforts to make its buildings more energy efficient while speaking on corporate social responsibility at Memorial’s Business Day events March 5.

“By pooling our funding dollars, the Government of Canada can help institutions like Memorial save money and, at the same time, help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Mr. Efford.

Enerplan Consultants will develop an energy master plan for the university and look at possible energy improvements to all 49 buildings of the St. John’s campus. Memorial is seeking savings in addition to those achieved through a previous retrofit program. In the early 1990s, adding energy-efficient lighting, building controls and other technologies resulted in approximately $650,000 in annual savings. Preliminary analyses indicate that new retrofits could lead to additional savings of 10 to 12 million kilowatt-hours or $700,000 a year at current energy costs.

The Government of Canada is contributing $25,000 – almost 50 per cent of the total planning costs – for this energy master plan through NRCan's Energy Innovators Initiative (EII). The EII helps increase energy efficiency in existing commercial and institutional buildings, and offers assistance for energy retrofits. Since 2001, it has funded more than 250 planning projects, which are expected to result in retrofit projects that will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Memorial has been a member of the EII since 1995. Further details on the EII, a program administered by NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency, can be found on the Internet at

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2003 federal budget. The Government of Canada's approach to climate change is focused on making the right choices for Canada. This will ensure that the actions taken contribute to the long-term goals of building a sustainable economy for the 21st century, a healthier environment and strong communities, while affirming Canada’s place in the world.


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