HALIFAX, June 19 /CNW/ - Delegates at the Executive Energy Forum,
concluding today in Halifax, identified energy security and climate change as
two key challenges facing North America's energy future.
"The objective of the Executive Energy Forum is to identify energy sector
challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure environmental, health,
social and economic benefits for North American energy," says Carmen Dybwad,
President of the Energy Council of Canada and Forum host.
Delegates agree this action represents a continued focus of the energy
industry. "The energy industry, as demonstrated by the participation of sector
leaders at the Forum, is committed to finding effective ways to address
climate change and energy security issues. To start, it requires a fundamental
shift of assumptions, values and approach to energy not only in North America
but also globally. In simple terms, it means changing the way we think and act
in regard to energy," says Dybwad.
In terms of climate change, the focus involves innovation, clean
technology, effective regulation and energy efficiency. Industry has started
using innovative technologies and developing alternative energies to reduce
emissions while governments are launching strategies to reduce environmental
impacts; but consumers (who influence the supply demand ratio) are also
responsible. By taking the responsibility to learn about the industry and
environment, consumers can reduce energy consumption and support clean
technology. The Canadian Centre for Energy Information -
www.centreforenergy.com - who presented at the Forum, provides a valuable
online resource on all aspects of the Canadian energy system including
The energy industry also needs to focus on creating sustainable energy
systems that optimize traditional energy sources such as natural gas and crude
oil by incorporating alternative and renewable energy and clean technology.
Delegates agree a sustainable energy mix relies on a competitive market that
encourages and demands environmental innovation. A strong energy mix must also
be spread across geographical regions to reduce vulnerability and maximize
In addition to geographical diversity, delegates named six drivers of
energy security: access to energy, affordability, reliability, energy
efficiency, infrastructure investments and effective regulation. Delegates
also support what they coin as an interdependent global energy network that
removes the barriers of supply and demand and encourages diversification.
Please visit the Energy Council of Canada's website for additional
background information and a complete Forum program: www.energy.ca. Please
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