Energy & Power
CEA’s 2015 report finds 22% reduction in carbon emissions
By Renée Francoeur
September 1, 2015 – The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has released its 2015 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, titled “Delivering Value to Canadians”. The report highlights that CEA member companies achieved a 5.8% reduction in GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in 2014, contributing to a 22% reduction in carbon emissions over the last five years.
“I take great pride in CEA members’ actions to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to healthy Canadian communities”, said Sergio Marchi, president and CEO of the CEA. “These achievements, combined with the fact that over 80% of Canada’s electricity is already generated from non-emitting sources, will strengthen Canada’s position at the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris later this year.”
Other air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, and mercury emissions also fell by 4.3%, 9.7%, and 15.6%, respectively. The report shows the electricity sector is projected to achieve even further GHG and air emission reductions by 2020 as companies invest in carbon capture and sequestration, higher efficiency gas turbines, large-scale and run-of-river hydro, and other renewable energy sources.
“I have been working with CEA member utilities for nearly six years, and I can tell you that this sector is working tremendously hard to be innovative and deliver greater environmental, social and economic value to Canadians”, said Mike Harcourt, chair of the Public Advisory Panel of the CEA Sustainable Electricity program. “I encourage stakeholders, including governments and regulators, to partner with these utilities to make our communities even stronger and Canada a true clean energy superpower.”