The Federal Government has announced that by 2025, 100% of electricity used in their buildings and operations will be from renewable energy sources. This target is in support of a target to reduce the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as early as 2025. The initiative supports their commitment to a cleaner, more innovative economy that reduces emissions and protects the environment while creating well-paying jobs for the middle class and ensures a prosperous and sustainable economy for the next generation.
Speaking from Calgary at a renewable energy industry conference, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change highlighted that this initiative will create significant new demand for renewable electricity across Canada including a significant purchase of renewable electricity for Department of National Defence installations in Alberta (Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Wainwright, and Suffield).
John Gorman, CanSIA President & CEO, released the following statement in support of today’s announcement:
“The Federal Government’s commitment to purchasing 100% renewable electricity from sources, such as solar energy, as early as 2025 makes a significant contribution to Canada’s innovation and environmental protection agenda in two ways. Firstly, they have the purchasing power to make a difference. Not only will their actions directly displace significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions, it will also give rise to new businesses and infrastructure. Secondly, being a part of the global response to climate change will bring changes to the decisions that are made by all consumers for goods, products and services. By leading by example, the Government of Canada is demonstrating that every one of us has a role to play in making the right decision for future generations.”
Read the Government of Canada’s full news release here.