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Around 17,000 commercial buildings in British Columbia could become more energy efficient.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, along with BC Hydro and the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC, have recently signed an agreement to make commercial buildings sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom says the agreement will not only reduce emissions from commercial buildings, but will also create new jobs and economic growth for British Columbians. He also says this is just one example of how the province is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020, and helping to make our province electricity self sufficient by 2016.

As a first step, BC Hydro is funding an energy manager for BOMA to help building operators identify and implement conservation solutions.

The agreement sets out a six-year plan, which focuses on developing a process for building owners and managers to access funding from the federal government, Power Smart and other utilities, along with creating a tracking tool that allows commercial buildings to measure energy savings and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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