Canada needs solutions to overcome the serious threat posed by climate change. Using fossil fuels as our primary energy source contributes to climate change and other environmental problems, and the increasing scarcity of these resources is driving up energy costs. Canada can overcome many of these problems by developing energy systems that are secure, affordable and free from harmful emissions and other environmental effects.
To this end, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Trottier Family Foundation have joined in a formal partnership. The Trottier Energy Futures Project is named for entrepreneur, engineer and philanthropist Lorne Trottier, whose foundation provided funding for the five-year project.
The project, which will kick into high gear during the World Energy Congress in Montreal, September 12 to 16, will include scientific reviews of the full range of energy production and distribution opportunities available to Canada, taking into account economic, social and environmental concerns.
It will identify energy systems that Canada should implement over the next few decades to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and minimize other environmental impacts while maximizing economic and social benefits. It will include an analysis of the potential to create new business and employment opportunities in Canada to meet the growing demand for "greener" energy production.
The project will be managed by Tom Gouldsborough, P.Eng., who has recently retired from Manitoba Hydro. Mr. Gouldsborough capped his management career at the utility by managing the construction of North America's most energy-efficient office building.
The Trottier Energy Futures Project will start with a comprehensive evaluation of Canada's current energy systems (including the country's electricity, transportation, process and heating systems), building on the work of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the David Suzuki Foundation and other organizations. It will then identify integrated solutions and break-through innovations to ensure the sustainability of Canada's energy systems. This work will include a full assessment of the associated technical, environmental, economic and social implications. It will also identify any necessary changes in public policy and regulations.
The project will be executed and its findings evaluated objectively in accordance with the highest scientific, technical and ethical standards.
The outcome will include a series of recommendations, reports, conferences, lectures and meetings to create a compelling vision and plan for sustainable energy systems that Canada can implement through to the middle of the century.
The Canadian Academy of Engineering and the David Suzuki Foundation have both studied and worked on energy solutions to climate change. Through its Energy Pathways Task Force, the CAE has prepared a report on future energy options for Canada evaluating a range of energy technologies.
The David Suzuki Foundation has done considerable research on low-impact energy options and meeting the challenges posed by climate change:
- The case for deep reductions: Canada's Role in Preventing Dangerous Climate Change
- Smart Generation: Powering Ontario With Renewable Energy
- Kyoto and beyond: The low-emission path to innovation and efficiency
The Trottier Family Foundation has a strong record of supporting innovation, with a deep interest in furthering advances in energy and the environment.
To learn more about the project visit www.trottierenergyfutures.ca