Coalition congratulates House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources for report on integrated community energy systems



    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The release of the House of Commons
Natural Resource Committee's report that recognizes providing the future
energy needs of a growing Canadian population in a carbon constrained economy
and achieving the federal government's commitments to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 60 to 70 percent by 2050 are major challenges that cannot be
entirely resolved with the imbedded inefficiencies within conventional energy
systems, is a valuable step towards developing more integrated and sustainable
communities says a broad based coalition.
    Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) is a coalition from the
energy industry, environmental groups, governments, academia and consulting
communities who believe an integrated, community-based approach is the best
way to address energy end-use and reduce greenhouse gas and air emissions.
    "With over fifty percent of emissions in Canada associated with how
energy is used in our communities, I congratulate the Standing Committee on
Natural Resources for taking the initiative to study community energy
systems," said Michael Harcourt, Former Premier of British Columbia and
Honorary Chair of the QUEST coalition. "The QUEST coalition has long stated
that federal government policies and programs along with developers, planners,
utilities, provincial and municipal leaders and technology providers working
together hold the key to planning and developing more integrated energy
systems in Canadian communities.
    The House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources report
announced today provides validation that federal financial, technical and
promotional assistance needs to be in place to support the development of
sustainable communities through integration of land-use, water, waste
management, transportation and energy.
    "By looking at land-use, energy use, transportation, water and waste
management as a collective versus as individual elements of a community we can
achieve greater overall efficiency and support climate change and other clean
air objectives," said Kenneth Ogilvie, Former Executive Director, Pollution
Probe and QUEST spokesperson. "Matching the right energy for the need, better
heat management across applications and sectors, converting waste to energy,
and connecting renewable sources with existing energy grids are critical to
meeting the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions goals."

    QUEST's vision as well as the details and science behind how integrated
energy systems will pave the way to real and substantive emission reductions
for Canada is available at www.questcanada.org.




For further information:

For further information: Tonja Leach, Coordinator, Quality Urban Energy
Systems of Tomorrow, (613) 748-0057 x322, Cell: (613) 797-6008,
www.questcanada.org

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