The Generation Energy Council presented its report to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on June 7 , 2018. The report is intended to inform the Government as it develops an energy policy and helps define Canada's energy future.
The 14-member Generation Energy Council was announced on December 12, 2017, with a mandate to advise on how Canada can transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy in the future. The Council's work will be informed by the takeaways from October's ground breaking, two-day Generation Energy Forum, as well as public consultations.
This transition is a big deal. And it represents a real opportunity for Canadians – we know it can help us build a better country, avoid the impacts of climate change, and redefine Canada's role in a changing world. This report is a proposition for Canadians – an invitation to imagine Canada's energy future, and then to join together to build it.
The Council has identified four pathways that collectively will lead to the affordable, sustainable energy future that YOU told us you want:
Wasting less energy: It's rarely the most glamourous part of the energy business, but some of Canada's greatest opportunities to save money, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs can be found in slashing energy waste. Fully one-third of our Paris emissions commitment could be achieved by improving energy efficiency, which will also make our businesses more competitive internationally and leave more money in consumers' pockets.
Switching to clean power: With Canada's head start on clean power, it can complete the transformation to a nearly carbon-free electricity grid more easily than many places. There is a bigger challenge — and substantial opportunity — in building on our head start by switching more of our heating systems, transportation and industrial processes to electricity, a process we refer to as "clean electrification."
Using more renewable fuels: Alongside reducing energy demand and boosting the use of clean electricity, we will continue to require liquid and gas fuels in transportation, heating and cooling, and some industrial processes. We must reduce the impact of those fuels by expanding Canada's capacity to produce and use cleaner fuels — biofuels and biogas from plants and waste, for example — that can heat homes, power vehicles and support manufacturing with much less carbon pollution.