Two new research reports by the Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP), a partnership between the Foundation, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Trottier Family Foundation, show that it's realistic for Canada to cut its energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent by 2050.
Eighty per cent is a key milestone, the minimum target for industrialized countries to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
One report, titled Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios, looked at common features in greenhouse gas-reduction scenarios for eight countries, including Canada. It concluded that the 80 per cent target would be doable and transformative, requiring a clean-energy boom on a par with the increase in fossil fuel consumption that followed the Second World War.
The second report, An Inventory of Low-Carbon Energy for Canada, found that Canada has a large enough supply of carbon-free energy to meet the 80 per cent target. The challenge will be to integrate those sources in an affordable and resilient new energy supply system.
"With this research in hand, we can make the case that a low-carbon future is possible, and that it's actually a prosperous future," says managing director Ralph Torrie. The team is producing a set of detailed scenarios that will allow Canadians to envision such a low-carbon energy future.
Download the new reports at trottierenergyfutures.ca.