OTTAWA, Feb. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today delivered opening remarks at the Energy Council of Canada's annual conference, 2016 Canadian Energy Industry: Updates and Insights, in Ottawa.
Parliamentary Secretary Rudd discussed challenges currently facing the oil and gas sector, such as lower oil prices, while focusing on the Government's vision: ensuring that the Canada's energy sector remains a source of jobs, prosperity and opportunity while transitioning to a lower carbon economy.
The Parliamentary Secretary highlighted the Government's commitment to collaborating with Indigenous communities, provinces, territories and industry to build a more resilient and sustainable energy sector. She also reiterated that the Government of Canada has introduced an interim approach with five principles to guide major resource projects as the first part of a broader strategy to review and restore confidence in Canada's environmental assessment processes.
- The Government of Canada introduced five principles that will guide our decision-making on all major resource projects under review.
- The Paris Climate Agreement, signed by 195 countries, including Canada, reinforces that a transition to a clean, low-carbon economy is underway.
- Through Mission Innovation, 20 governments have agreed to double their respective investments in transformative, clean energy research and development over five years, encourage private sector investment in clean energy technology, and increase collaboration among participating countries.
"The Government of Canada is demonstrating that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. To attract the investment needed to sustainably develop our abundant energy resources, we must do so in a way that gains the confidence of Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is transforming the environmental assessment process to ensure that it is thorough, fair, transparent and responsible."
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