Arlington, Va., October 7, 2014 – Prominent government officials and consumer electronics (CE) industry representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States held the first-ever Trilateral Energy Efficiency Roundtable Monday afternoon at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The meeting focused on energy-efficiency policy alignment opportunities and challenges particular to the CE industry.
Officials from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined representatives of the Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC) – a division of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) – Normalización y Certificación Electrónica S.C. (NYCE) and CEA to discuss the goals and challenges in promoting regulatory cooperation and alignment with respect to energy efficiency and the CE industry.
“On behalf of our industry and partner associations, we thank the senior policy leaders at CONUEE, DOE, EPA and NRCan for their contributions to this helpful and timely discussion,” said Doug Johnson, vice president, technology policy, CEA. “Our members continue to lead the way with innovative products and services that save energy, but the growing number of divergent and complicated energy-efficiency requirements across North America presents our industry with a significant challenge. This meeting was an important step toward improving the energy efficiency policy dialogue among the three governments and the consumer electronics industry. With improved coordination and better aligned efficiency policies, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will save more energy, reduce carbon emissions and cut consumer costs while promoting continued innovation in the North American CE market.”
The Trilateral Energy Efficiency Roundtable built off the momentum achieved by Canada, Mexico and the U.S. in the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). Such cooperative efforts have reaffirmed the importance of the North America trading relationship, as well as the understanding among these countries that improved regulatory cooperation will significantly enhance the economic well-being of North America as a whole.
All of the meeting participants agreed to hold follow-up discussions on issues identified during the trilateral roundtable discussion.
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