Engineers to help map out Canada’s energy future
The Canadian Academy of Engineering has joined two other organizations in a project to map out what should be ...
The Canadian Academy of Engineering has joined two other organizations in a project to map out what should be the future of energy production in Canada.
At the World Energy Congress in Montreal last week, the academy, together with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Trottier Family Foundation, launched the “Trottier Energy Futures Project.” The Trottier Family Foundation is funding the multi-year project, which is “to identify energy strategies for Canada to be implemented between now and 2050.”
In a position paper that the tripartite group released at the same time, they said that “Canada must develop an energy strategy if it is to create a sustainable future and take advantage of the growing opportunities in the clean energy sector.”
The goal of the “Trottier Energy Futures Project,” is to reduce Canada’s emissions of greenhouse gases from all aspects of the energy sector 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The project is to start by evaluating technologies and then identifying integrated solutions. The partner organizations will also identify public policy changes that would be necessary and seek support from the public, industry and decision makers.
professor Michael E. Charles, president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering said, “Much of Canada’s current prosperity is linked to its extensive endowment of energy sources. Going forward, we need to engineer widely accepted solutions that reduce negative environmental impacts of the energy sector while not jeopardizing the social and economic wellbeing of Canadians.”
The Trottier Family is supporting the joint work with a multi-million dollar grant.
Canada is one of the few industrialized countries that does not have an energy plan.
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