700+ Diverse Companies and Groups Urge Premiers to Forge a Clean Energy
HALIFAX, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - An unprecedented alliance of more than
700 companies, industry associations, labour unions, governments, and
civil society groups are challenging Canada's provincial premiers to
work together to develop a Canadian energy strategy that would make the
nation a global clean-energy leader.
"Oil sands workers, environmentalists, venture capitalists, First
Nations leaders, and faith groups alike agree that Canada should bet on
a 21st century energy model—one that will slow global warming and steadily
reduce pollution, while producing abundant jobs and clean energy for
future generations," said Merran Smith, director of the Energy
Initiative at Tides Canada.
The ad-hoc alliance, which collectively represents the interests of
millions of Canadians, came together under the banner of a new program
called Clean Energy Canada. Participants have all endorsed principles
and a framework to develop a Canadian energy strategy that will deliver
energy security, jobs and prosperity, address climate change, and
protect the environment.
They also agreed any such plan must move the nation forward on
sustainable transportation, eliminate energy waste, green Canada's
energy supply, and put in place innovative financing to pay for the
Canada's provincial premiers are expected to discuss an energy strategy
when they meet later this month at their annual Council of the
"While we recognize that fossil fuels play a leading role in today's
economy, we must urgently create a plan to transition the nation to the
low-carbon, clean energy economy we want and will need tomorrow," said
The endorsers in the ad-hoc alliance believe such a strategy is not only
a Canadian leadership responsibility but also a national economic
"The global market for renewable energy and clean technology is already
estimated at $2 trillion, and could reach $3 trillion by 2020," added
Smith. "A bold new Canadian energy strategy could help us capture a
larger share of this opportunity."
Media backgrounder available at http://www.tidescanada.org/energy/accord.
Towards a Clean Energy Accord is available in both French and English at:
Ce communiqué de presse est aussi disponible en français.
SOURCE Tides Canada Energy Initiative
For further information:
James Glave, Clean Energy Canada