“The HVAC/R industry is already at the forefront of helping to reduce Canada’s GHG emissions. The companies and workers in our sector are responsible for retrofitting existing buildings and for installing new heating systems in houses and buildings across Canada. Simply put, without our industry, governments would not be able to achieve the emissions reduction target that has been set for Canadians,” said Scott McDonald, HRAI chair.
Homes and buildings account for 18 per cent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As a result, HRAI has pledged to collaborate with governments and stakeholders to move the industry toward sustainable solutions.
As part of its announcement, HRAI has committed itself to ease the transition to net zero through “clear, sustainable and achievable short-term and long-term targets for reducing carbon emissions in buildings, regulations and programs that facilitate rather than impede industry participation and leadership in this battle, meaningful industry input into the design and roll-out of government programs that build on the HVAC/R industry’s unique offerings, and ongoing training and development of the HVAC/R workforce to ensure solutions are delivered competently and professionally.”
HRAI initially announced its climate action statement in May at a press conference at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.