REGINA, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Energy ministers from governments across Canada
wrapped up their annual meeting in Saskatoon today in which they discussed the
challenges and opportunities of global energy markets, energy efficiency,
energy technology and adaptation to climate change.
Conference Host and Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd
said the energy ministers' deliberations proceeded under a broad theme of
"social license" in which the "triple bottom line" of economics, environment
and community factor into investment decisions on major resource projects.
"Our discussions today were framed by our recognition of Canada's status
as a major supplier of energy to global markets, a major contributor to
continental energy security and a country with a rich tradition of energy
research," Boyd said. "Establishing a new social license with communities for
our energy sector is just as important, and that task is what governments and
industry have pledged to work on coming out of this meeting."
Boyd said he and his colleagues discussed the recent and unprecedented
volatility in global oil markets. While this volatility has presented
challenges to Canadians, it has been offset to some degree by the contribution
of Canada's diverse energy industries to the country's overall strong economic
Ministers noted that using energy more efficiently is an important way to
help Canadians cope with higher prices for all forms of energy. They reviewed
a report on energy efficiency coming out of last year's meeting as well as the
collaborative actions that multiple jurisdictions are pursuing to help
Canadian citizens, businesses and industry make more energy efficient choices.
Those actions include co-ordinated approaches on transforming the efficiency
of equipment sold in Canada, further progress on codes for buildings and
houses, and improved efficiency of large trucks.
Boyd said ministers discussed continuing to share knowledge and best
practices around development and commercialization of innovative energy
technologies. In that regard they reviewed the potential of plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles and carbon dioxide capture and storage, the latter a topic
in which Saskatchewan has shown leadership.
Finally, the ministers acknowledged the need for increased efforts in
preparing Canada's energy sector for the challenges of adapting to climate
"We had excellent discussions on our common energy interests and
concerns," Boyd said. "While provinces and territories have different energy
needs and challenges, there was a general consensus that by working together,
we can advance Canada as a model and leader on energy efficiency, clean
production of conventional energy, the use of renewable energy and the
advancement of new clean energy technologies."
The meeting concluded the second day of the 65th Energy and Mines
Ministers Conference, held in Saskatchewan for the first time in 13 years.
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