Top 5: Takeaways from GLOBE 2016

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]My two big questions:

One of my favourite sessions was Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter’s presentation on “Accelerating the Energy Transition.” He spoke about the exciting potential of natural gas as a transition fuel towards a low-carbon economy in North America. According to his research, this is a huge opportunity for both of our countries. This is where my lingering questions come from.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″](Q1) How important and for how long is natural gas, realistically, going to be used as a transition fuel in an aspiring low carbon economy? The hydraulic fracking world still has many unknowns and we are still not sure on all the risks and we still do not understand the associated methane leaks.

(Q2) How ready are renewable energy technologies, and -storage to overtake fossil fuels?

To me it’s not a question of pitting one option against the other, it’s about exploring as many options as possible, because we will need all kinds of solutions to help us achieve our Paris commitment to limit global temperature rise from 1.5 C to 2 C.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” 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″]Congratulations to GLOBE Conference team for putting together an innovative and edgy new format.  After leaving GLOBE, I felt reinvigorated, inspired and committed to the work that I do—this is normal, I’m a nerd. Energy Exchange is sparking a new conversation and increased engagement around energy issues in Canada. Please join us in this conversation—we’re helping Canadians to get informed and participate in Canada’s energy dialogue.

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