Ottawa, December 21, 2018 – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) congratulates the federal government on its climate change leadership, reflected in the Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Design Paper released yesterday, December 20th. This marks tremendous progress and positions Canada to achieve significant emission reductions associated with the use of cleaner fuels and electrification of road vehicles.
President of the CHA, Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, made the following statement subsequent to the announcement by Environment and Climate Change Canada: “Hydropower represents more than 60% of the electricity generated in Canada, powering millions of homes and businesses coast-to-coast. Hydropower is one of the key components of Canada’s clean-energy future, and is essential to ensuring we meet our decarbonisation objectives. The use of renewable non-emitting energy like hydropower to electrify transportation and other activities under the CFS is clearly a move in the right direction”.
The Clean Fuel Standard is one of the most important emissions-reduction policies in Canada’s fight against climate change. With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes annually by the year 2030, it is promising to see that electrification continues to be an essential component to Canada’s clean energy future.
According to the design paper, companies and individuals will have flexibility to comply through different actions such as switching away from fossil fuels by choosing electric vehicles or cleaner fuels; or by investing in more efficient processes that pollute less. Furthermore, the Clean Fuel Standard will open new opportunities for Canada’s clean energy sector and for clean technology companies across the economy.
To read the Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Design Paper, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/managing-pollution/energy-production/fuel-regulations/clean-fuel-standard.html .
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About the Canadian Hydropower Association
Founded in 1998, the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is the national organization dedicated to promoting hydropower nationally and internationally as a source of renewable electricity. Its role is to make the economic, social and environmental advantages of hydropower better known, and to advocate the benefits of hydropower in the shift toward decarbonization. CHA members represent about 95% of the hydropower capacity in Canada. More than 60% of Canada’s electricity comes from hydropower.
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Public Affairs Coordinator
Canadian Hydropower Association
613.751.6655 ext. 2