Wind Energy Industry Welcomes Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change

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March 4, 2016

Ottawa, Ontario – March 4, 2016 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the agreement by Canada’s First Ministers to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policies in support of meeting or exceeding Canada’s 2030 target of a 30 per cent reduction below 2005 levels of emissions, including specific provincial and territorial targets and objectives.

“Increased deployment of wind energy is a critical component of any climate change strategy and we are confident that the commitments made by First Ministers will encourage the transition to zero-carbon electricity generation,” says CanWEA President Robert Hornung. “Wind energy will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, it also can work with other renewable energy sources to create the low emission grid required to reduce fossil fuel use in other sectors like transportation, heating and cooling of buildings, and industrial processes through enhanced electrification in the broader economy.”

First Ministers have created a Working Group on Specific Mitigation Opportunities that is to deliver a report by September 2016. CanWEA looks forward to opportunities to provide the working group with information on the role wind energy can play in reducing GHG emissions in both the electricity sector and the broader economy and the corresponding economic and environmental benefits for Canadians that will result from such action.

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn and join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca.

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Lejla Latifovic, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241
lejlalatifovic@canwea.ca