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IBEW welcomes participation in global efficiency pact

IBEW welcomes participation in global efficiency pact

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Canada has issued a statement saying it welcomes the announcement from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan that Canada is joining the Three Percent Club.

The organization is a collaboration of governments and supporting organizations that commit to working together to put the world on a path to three per cent annual efficiency improvement, explains its website.

The IBEW stated in a July 23 release that governments must ensure workers are included in the global effort.

“By investing in a greener economy and a clean energy future, we can work towards energy efficient solutions by putting people to work in quality, high-skilled, well-paying jobs,” the IBEW stated.

In 2018, IBEW Canadian director of government relations Matt Wayland was named to the federal government task force on Just Transition for Canadian coal workers and communities.

“It was important to have a seat at the table, as many IBEW workers work in the coal-power sector,” stated Wayland.

“By joining the Three Percent Club, Canada commits to working collaboratively with international partners, including 15 other countries, to increase energy efficiency, accelerate the clean energy transition and help meet climate change goals.”

The name reflects the overall goal of a three per cent annual improvement in energy efficiency.

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