Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – Canadian decision makers in government and business are ill-served by the 2021 Canada’s Energy Future report released today by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). Excluding an energy scenario where Canada and the world achieve success at stopping rampant global heating deprives Canada of a roadmap for its energy development in a carbon-constrained world.
Astoundingly, the CER does not even estimate carbon emissions for its chosen scenarios. Predictions of future energy use that do not include impacts on carbon emissions and climate change – the most important consideration for energy development today – are not helpful in informing investment and policy decisions for Canada. In the future, the CER should take a page from the International Energy Agency by developing a scenario for climate action success, putting it at the centre of its annual report, and including estimates of carbon emissions for all its scenarios.
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