Few countries are blessed with the abundance of natural resources found in Canada. The Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources strives to balance economic prosperity with environmental protection. The committee has worked for decades to secure a lifeline of Canada’s economy while protecting Canada’s vast yet fragile environment.
In March 2016, the committee began its study on how Canada can meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The committee is examining the five sectors responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions: electricity, transportation, oil and gas, buildings, and emission-intensive trade-exposed industries. These five sectors of the national economy are responsible for 80% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The study focuses particularly on the costs to energy users in their day-to-day lives.
To hear from Canadians across the country, the committee embarked on several fact-finding missions. Senators met with provincial farmers associations, renewable energy producers, universities and colleges, petrochemical factories, steel producers, non-governmental organizations and many other stakeholders.
Since March, the committee has released two reports: Positioning Canada’s Electricity Sector in a Carbon Constrained Future and Decarbonizing Transportation in Canada. When Parliament reconvenes in the fall, the committee will continue its study on transitioning to a lower-carbon economy. Committee members are planning to release the third interim report, on oil and gas, before the end of the year.
The committee will continue to advocate for a greener, sustainable future.