The Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) took advantage of the CEM conference to co-host a forum with members of the Generation Energy Council on how to strike a balance between meeting Canada’s climate change targets without shutting down its resource industries.
Merran Smith, executive director for Clean Energy Canada and co-chair of the Generation Energy Council, said the council’s research has determined that 40% of the emissions reductions that Canada has committed to under the Paris Agreement could be achieved simply through increased use of passive housing and other energy efficiency initiatives.
BCBC CEO Greg D’Avignon said B.C.’s low-emission electricity means B.C. can brand the resources it produces – from copper to LNG – as low carbon.
“We’ve got the opportunity to be the low-carbon supplier of choice,” he said.