Lowering greenhouse gas emissions: Get on with it!

Expert panel says we have the technology and can accelerate change.

October 27, 2015

OTTAWA — A new report from the Council of Canadian Academies says we know what needs to be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the technologies are available, we just need to get started.

The expert panel report, Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada, provides a review of options for moving Canada toward a low-emission future.

It says deeper emission cuts will require shifting to low-emission energy sources and potentially capturing and storing carbon from continued fossil fuel use, and it can all be done with existing technologies across the electricity, industry, building and transportation sectors.

The panel notes low-emission electricity paired with the right combination of policies will be critical for widespread emission reductions. This transition won’t come without a cost, but it can be achieved without jeopardizing Canada’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness.

“While energy system transitions tend to unfold over many decades, they can be accelerated with strategic policy support and are already underway in many jurisdictions across Canada,” the Council said in a release.

The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that undertakes science-based assessments for public policy development.

Click here for a copy of the report.

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