CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - As Canada's energy ministers
convene here next week for their annual conference, an ad hoc alliance
of more than 700 companies, organizations, and governments is urging
them to build upon recent progress towards a "clean energy accord" for
In July, at the Council of the Federation, provincial premiers agreed to
begin work on a Canadian energy strategy that would include a more
coordinated approach to climate change and a path to a lower-carbon
The forthcoming Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference offers an
opportunity to move our provinces and territories further along that
"The energy ministers can build on the momentum that the premiers
started in Halifax," said Merran Smith, Director of Clean Energy Canada
at Tides Canada. "They can move forward together on an energy plan that
reduces fossil fuel dependence, cuts energy waste, creates more
clean-energy jobs, and fights climate change."
This past summer, an unprecedented alliance of more than 700 companies,
industry associations, labour unions, governments, and civil society
groups challenged provincial leaders to work together to develop a
Canadian energy strategy that would make the nation a global
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 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.
Separately, In July Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada commissioned
Harris/Decima to poll Canadians on their priorities for a potential
Canadian energy strategy.
Citizens identified as a "top" or "high" priority "improving energy
efficiency" (82 percent), "creating more jobs in clean energy" (75
percent), "reducing Canada's carbon pollution to slow down climate
change" (66 percent), and "reducing our reliance on fossil fuels like
oil, gas and coal" (66 percent).
In contrast, only 33 percent of those surveyed placed a "top" or "high"
priority on "exporting more of Canada's oil and gas resources."
"While we recognize that fossil fuels will play a leading role in our
economy for years to come, we must urgently create a plan to transition
the nation to the low-carbon, clean energy economy we want and will
need tomorrow," said Merran Smith.
SOURCE: Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada
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Director, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada