Climate change is no longer a four letter word in Canada
November 17, 2015
We have seen a shift towards a focus on climate action in what have been an extraordinary few weeks of political change in Canada. As this movement grows, British Columbia can and should be a leader in combating climate change, and embracing leading edge technologies like wind and solar to continue to build on its low-cost clean and renewable energy choices. With abundant and world-class wind resources, British Columbia can power the demand for energy with emissions-free electricity while creating jobs and delivering local benefits. The sooner we embrace this new global energy movement the sooner we will reap the economic benefits of a stronger, cleaner and diversified power system for British Columbia.
We often speak of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in British Columbia, but we cannot forget that any development of this nature will bring increased levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is why the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) commissioned a study, GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia which outlines the economic opportunity for British Columbia to invest in wind energy. By doing so we can limit the upward pressure that these types of developments place on the province’s GHG emissions. The report’s summary of results indicates that industrial development needs careful consideration in terms of both the appropriate pace and scale of the development and the opportunities for clean technology to mitigate negative impacts. The bottom line is that choosing a low carbon economy is a multi-billion dollar economic winner for British Columbia.
Our new federal government is signalling that they plan to lead on climate action. This is an opportunity British Columbia should seize! Now is the time for our province to take bold steps towards the electrification of carbon intensive practices, reduce GHG emissions and enable opportunities for wind energy development. If developing our LNG industry is a generational opportunity, so is the opportunity to build British Columbia’s economy into a global leader in wind energy.
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Former British Columbia Regional Director at the Canadian Wind Energy Association