New Primer on Energy Systems in Canada educates Canadians about
important energy, environmental and economic issues
TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Pollution Probe today announced the release of
the Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, a comprehensive but easy-to-read overview of the resources, challenges
and opportunities related to energy in Canada.
The Primer offers a balanced look at energy systems in Canada, including
traditional, alternative and renewable energy sources and also provides
a framework for building an informed national sustainable energy
Much of Canada's energy infrastructure is aging and in need of upgrades
and replacement. Moreover, global patterns of energy use and demand are
changing. The energy systems that Canadians choose in the coming decade
will determine, in part, the future of this country, its people, its
prosperity, its international relevance and its culture.
"Our new Primer on Energy Systems in Canada jump-starts an essential conversation on energy in Canada," said Bob
Oliver, executive director, Pollution Probe. "There is an urgent need
to grapple with the energy issue, but currently, Canadians have no
common vocabulary to discuss energy systems in this country. This
absence of information prevents decision-makers in government and
industry, as well as engaged citizens, from working together to build
effective energy strategies and, ultimately a sustainable energy
strategy. This free new guide provides readers the ABCs of Canadian
A recent online poll by RBC tested 4,000 Canadians' knowledge about
energy. On average, respondents could only provide correct answers to
less than 40 per cent of the questions asked - highlighting the need
for an educational resource like the Primer. Additionally, just over 47
per cent of respondents said the government should be spending its time
developing a national energy policy, further underscoring the need for
all Canadians to understand the resources, challenges and opportunities
related to energy in Canada.
The Pollution Probe Primer on Energy Systems in Canada is intended to provide a baseline description of the elements of
Canada's energy systems. Step-by-step, chapter-by-chapter, the primer
guides the reader through the energy systems in place to deliver an
amenity, such as lighting into a home, and provides insights into how
these energy systems affect the everyday lives of Canadians. By
understanding how energy is generated, distributed and consumed,
readers will be able to participate in more meaningful discussions
around the future of Canada's energy management.
The first educational resource of its kind that gives readers a
comprehensive look at energy in Canada, the Primer on Energy Systems in Canada:
Describes energy as well as the benefits and problems with our current
patterns of energy use
Draws a distinction between the amenities that we demand and the energy
systems that provide those amenities.
Describes the major energy services in Canada and how those services are
Outlines the major energy commodities in use in Canada and explains the
technologies used to produce those commodities.
Describes Canada's energy sources as the primary supplier to the energy
Includes information on the policies most impacting energy systems in
Canada and actions that individuals can take to effect change.
"Knowledge truly is power, and the more we all know about energy, the
better. Pollution Probe has done a tremendous job at presenting the key
issues Canadians face when it comes to producing and consuming energy.
RBC is proud to support the Primer on Energy Systems in Canada because it is so important to educate Canadians on energy issues," said
Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, RBC.
The Primer on Energy Systems in Canada is available for free download at: http://pollutionprobe.org/energy/energyliteracy/energy_primer.asp.
About the Pollution Probe Primer Series:
Pollution Probe publishes educational primers on environmental topics.
The goal of the primers is to inform Canadians about current
environmental issues by setting out the scientific basis for concern,
potential solutions and the policy tools available. Each primer focuses
on what is being done and what more can be done by governments,
businesses and individuals on these issues.
Before publication, each primer is reviewed by scientists,
non-governmental organizations, industry experts, policy makers and
others who have technical expertise on the issue to ensure that they
are factually correct and reflect current thinking on the topic.
About Pollution Probe
Pollution Probe is a national, not-for-profit organization that exists to improve the
health and well-being of Canadians, by advancing policy that achieves
positive, tangible, environmental change. We strive for objectivity in
pursuing the best ways to achieve our goals. Pollution Probe works with
industry, government and environmental non-governmental organizations.
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