What energy policies can get us to the carbon-free future we need to avert the worst impacts of climate change?
And how do we do it in ways that grow - not shrink - our economy?
That’s the challenge which prompted NII to join with business and environmental leaders from across Canada on the newly launched 2020 Green Ribbon Panel on Canadian energy policies. The panel will seek common ground on initiatives that could shift our energy mix away from greenhouse gases and towards clean energy options that can power economic growth.
NII partners on the panel include Pollution Probe, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Asma Canada, Bruce Power and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Together, we will conduct research and seek to produce a report this year that offers common ground on a way ahead.
Climate change is an urgent threat. The need to respond swiftly - and the extreme difficulty of doing so given our deep dependence on fossil fuels - requires an open mind to any energy source or solution that helps get us there.
It also demands a fact-based recognition of what works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive the shift to clean energy sources, and improve the quality of our air and water.
NII’s commitment to these principles is why it is also a member of the three-year-long Energy Future Forum with the Public Policy Forum, a national think tank.
More information about the 2020 Green Ribbon Panel can be found here.