Focus must be on both energy use and production, action is required now
Ottawa, June 21, 2006 ? Canada can simultaneously make meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote its national interest, increasing productivity and competitiveness, improving air quality and meeting the energy needs of our growing economy, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has reported in a new advisory document released today.
"This study is a first," said NRTEE Chair Glen Murray, who released the document at a news conference today. "While other studies have raised general issues about how climate change will affect Canada's economy and environment, this is the first detailed examination of what a low carbon future might look like for Canada over the next half century or so (between now and 2050)."
The National Round Table, an independent advisory body reporting to the Minister of the Environment, focused on two questions in this new report: How can Canada protect and enhance its national interest with regard to energy and climate change issues between now and the mid-21st century? And what do we need to do right now to achieve this?
The study reports that:
"A key finding of this report is that a clear, long-term signal is needed to spur immediate action on the priority issues identified, so the significant opportunities reflected in our scenario can be realized," Mr. Murray said.
"Canadians need a signal now ? in particular to help the private sector make investment decisions that take GHG reductions into consideration. These decisions, affecting Canada's energy use and production infrastructure, are taken now, every day. It is important to send the appropriate signal as soon as possible. The longer we wait, the more difficult "
The full Advisory Report to the Minister of the Environment is available at www.nrtee-trnee.ca/climate-solution-e
About the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy:
The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), an independent federal agency, is dedicated to exploring new opportunities to integrate environmental conservation and economic development, in order to sustain Canada's prosperity and secure its future.