Winnipeg – Day two of the Generation Energy situated “Canada’s Energy Team” in the international context, focusing in on Canada’s role in the global energy market and its position as a force to drive forward the international fight against climate change. Canadian technology, know-how, and energy products were presented as key to reducing global emissions and helping our partners achieve their goals.
Minister Carr and many of the plenary speakers made it clear that Canada’s international leadership will be predicated on a strong and diverse energy industry at home. Multiple industries will work together in a collaborative manner to achieve the low-carbon economy of the future here. This “all-star energy team” was reminded that this collaboration would be uncomfortable at times but that this discomfort will lead to great innovation and a transition that works for all Canadians.
Generation Energy concluded with a sense of optimism and realization that this conference was just the beginning of the “conversation of a generation”, and that with “hard work and practice Canada’s all-star energy team” will lead the country and the world through our shared energy transition.
Today’s key themes
- A Data-Driven Future
- One Goal, Many Solutions
- Bridging the Gap: Natural Gas Exports and a Cleaner Global Future
- An Inclusive Transition
A Data-Driven Future
The day’s conversations highlighted the need for Canada to speak the same data language when it comes to energy. That way, as a country, we can truly understand the challenges we face in our transition. A call went out to capture, analyze and understand a growing set of data in a holistic manner, building a more complete understanding of Canada’s energy solutions
One Goal, Many Solutions
Minister Carr, Mr. Eldar Sætre, CEO of Statoil, and many other of the day’s speakers highlighted the need to utilize every resource to make the transition to the low-carbon economy of future happen, noting that renewables are the future but that without our traditional energy sector we would be completely unable to get to that future. It was argued that traditional energy working in concert with new and emerging technologies to “take carbon out of the barrel” and Canada’s burgeoning renewables sector will be a recipe for success and exportable innovation.
Bridging the Gap: Natural Gas Exports and a Cleaner Global Future
It is no secret that 80% of the world’s energy needs are met by the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil and that the energy produced by these fuels is one of the key drivers of climate change. But, it is also not a secret that Canada is home to a vast wealth of Natural Gas, which as many of the day’s speakers noted will be integral to lowering much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. It was clear that there is renewed effort to bring this resource to the world market, creating jobs and prosperity in Canada’s energy heartland and a cleaner transition around the world.
An Inclusive Transition
Minister Carr began the day with a one-on-one chat with Senator Murray Sinclair regarding a shared generational vision for a cleaner energy future for the next seven generations. Sen. Sinclair stated that in order for Canada to reach this cleaner future we need to adjust the way we approach resource development by incorporating Indigenous perspectives and understanding. He emphasized that resource development is not antithetical to an Indigenous worldview, but that in order to develop a resource you must view it as your partner, honour it with ceremony, and build a relationship with the Indigenous peoples who steward it. Minister Carr held up this approach of building relationships before projects and honouring the resources we seek to develop, as the way Canada can build a more inclusive and successful transition.