It is time for Canada to abandon a 100-year-old energy model built on inexpensive hydrocarbons and plan for an energy system that will be dominated by electricity, Michal C. Moore, research fellow at Cornell University and professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, says in an op-ed piece.
Topic: renewable energy
A $23-million UBC renewable-energy research hub featuring a hydrogen refuelling station for cars, trucks and buses will generate clean-transportation developments across the globe, says the project’s lead researcher.
Western Canada’s oil and gas industry is ideally positioned with the knowledge, assets and personnel to develop clean geothermal energy as part of the global transition to low-carbon energy, writes David Yager, an entrepreneur who has been a founder, executive and director of three oilfield service companies.
Government investment and policy in clean electricity must include nuclear power to achieve Canada’s economic and climate goals, John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, says in an editorial. His recommendations include: a pan-Canadian electrification strategy; continued government support for the nuclear sector; regulatory support for Canada’s uranium industry; and official government categorization of nuclear as a clean technology.
Canada’s agri-food system can help the nation achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 by providing either a source of renewable energy or “negative” emissions, Adekunbi Adetona and Dr. (PhD) David Layzell say in an opinion leader column. Innovative approaches, incentives and supportive government policy will be needed to use residual agricultural biomass to help reduce emissions, they say.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is much more focused on his government’s response to COVID-19 than on science and innovation priorities, judging by the PM’s updated mandate letter to the minister of innovation. The letter mentions the world “innovation” once, compared with more than a half-dozen references to COVID-19 and the federal response to the pandemic
Surveillance border study at Toronto’s airport continues to track international travellers for COVID-19; the Canadian Space Agency supports the launch of two lunar technology payloads to the moon.
Alberta’s United Conservative Party government says innovation is still a priority—it just won’t be funded through a provincial carbon tax.
In an effort to further reduce diesel reliance in the North, Natural Resources Canada announced a combined $4.2-million investment for two TUGLIQ Energy Corporation projects in Nunavut and Quebec.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Navdeep Bains announced the two investments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.