'Alternative' energy and less energy

Brendan Haley & Ralph Torrie
One ol the many Energiesprong retrofits in Longeau-Percey, France. Since its origins in the Netherlands, the Energiesprong model has moved to other countries. Photo by Fabrice Singevin

 July 12th 2021

There is no pathway to achieving Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction commitments that does not include retrofitting the country’s millions of residential and commercial buildings.

Eric Reguly

Whether or not you want one, can afford one or think they will do essentially nothing to stop global warming, electric vehicles are coming to Canada en masse. This week, the Canadian government set 2035 as the “mandatory target” for the sale of zero-emission SUVs and light-duty trucks.

That means the sale of gasoline and diesel cars has to stop by then. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra called the target “a must.” The previous target was 2040.

The Energy Mix
Wind construction - Cjp24/Wikimedia Commons

June 25, 2021

Canada is on track to add more than 200,000 clean energy jobs this decade, considerably more than 125,000 that will be lost in a declining fossil fuel industry, Clean Energy Canada concludes in an analysis released last week.

The Energy Mix
City utility tunnel - Atul Tegar/Wikimedia commons

June 13, 2021

As the shift off carbon accelerates, clean energy companies are scrambling to find the people power they need to keep the lights on.

“The renewables jobs market is heating up and candidates with the right abilities are becoming harder to find,” writes Bloomberg Green, citing comment by Miguel Stilwell, CEO of Portuguese clean energy firm EDP Renováveis. His company will be looking to hire 1,300 more workers by 2023. 


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