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[mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]I[/mk_dropcaps]MAGINE THE WORLD in 2100, nearly a century from now. How has Canada changed? Have we overcome the energy and climate challenges we face today? What do our communities look like? In this issue of Energy Exchange magazine, you will hear from some of the planet’s foremost experts on climate and energy on these questions and more. From the local to the global level, you will see there is a role for all of us on this new path.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][mk_image src=”http://www.energy-exchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/pacifico-24.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”390″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” title=”Steven Pacifico, Director, Energy Exchange” desc=”DAVE STARRETT / CAN GEO” caption_location=”outside-image” align=”right” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]I’d like to welcome everyone to the fifth issue of our magazine and my first as the new steward of Energy Exchange. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization because I truly believe in our vision and mission. At Energy Exchange, we are trying to create a new dialogue around energy issues in Canada — one that focuses on our collective needs and stories. When all people across Canada are engaged in this important conversation about our energy resources, we can work together to innovate, discover new solutions, grow our prosperity and ultimately build the country we want.
This issue is inspired by a series of recent regulatory and social shifts toward a decarbonized future, shifts that are fundamentally connected to our energy system. We have seen Canada’s recent commitment to zero-carbon intensity by 2100, new carbon regulations in Alberta and Ontario, a new federal government with strong commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and the recent United Nations climate conference in Paris (COP 21). Now more than ever we need to understand what decarbonizing the Canadian economy means so that we are empowered to confront the complex energy and climate choices ahead of us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_blockquote style=”line-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”22″ align=”left”]
We’ve dedicated this edition to issues related to decarbonization.
[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Given the importance of decarbonisation on a global scale, Katie Sullivan, Canada’s policy director at the International Emissions Trading Association, launches the conversation (“Insight“), speaking to our nation’s role in international climate change negotiations. These conferences have, if nothing else, shone a bright light on the climate change and energy challenges we face (“Top of the COPs”). And responses, directly and indirectly, have come in many forms, perhaps most notably in the proliferation of carbon-pricing systems around the world. This issue offers an international snapshot of which countries are putting a price on carbon, before delving deeper to explore the different pricing options — carbon tax, cap-and-trade, and hybrid systems — and how they work.
Chris Bataille, author of Canada’s chapter on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, and other experts, share their insights into how the 15 nations that, combined, produce the vast majority of global greenhouse gas emissions, can reach zero-carbon intensity by the turn of the next century (“Deep Decarbonization”). There’s great optimism that the goal is attainable, particularly given that the G7 nations, Canada included, signed a declaration to decarbonize by 2100. This article helps to paint a picture of what a decarbonized future might look like for us and our grandchildren.
The magazine is rounded out by our feature on Vancouver’s initiative to be “the greenest city in the world by 2020” (“Living clean and free”). It’s an ambitious plan, but an important one because it is demonstrating the monumental contribution that cities are making toward our decarbonization goals. Cities like Vancouver are showing us what is possible. Change is necessary to successfully adapt to the world we’ll live in a century from now, and as you will see from this issue, it is already happening all around us. We hope the stories presented here engage you and get you talking with your friends, family and co-workers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_padding_divider size=”40″][mk_button dimension=”three” size=”large” outline_skin=”dark” outline_active_color=”#fff” outline_hover_color=”#333333″ bg_color=”#13bdd2″ text_color=”light” url=”/resources/energy-exchange-magazine/issue-5/” target=”_self” align=”left” fullwidth=”true” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”15″ animation=”scale-up”]
Read more stories from the Winter 2016 issue of Energy Exchange magazine