ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Nov 14, 2020

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We are in the midst of a dramatic paradigm shift. The way in which we produce, distribute and use energy will undergo a radical transformation over the next two decades. To succeed in transition, industry must come together to understand both risk and opportunity.

Carbon Tracker is a partner of this year’s Energy Transition Summit.
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CanREA brings together 400+ industry experts for Canada’s premier Renewable Energy Forum

More than 400 participants and leading experts in wind energy, solar energy and energy storage came together for Canada’s premier renewable energy event this week, as the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) held its first-ever virtual Forum on November 9 and 10, 2020.

“One message heard consistently throughout the Forum is that Canada must capitalize on its massive untapped wind and solar energy potential if it is to build an affordable, clean and reliable energy system that will help Canada reach the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050,” said CanREA’s President and CEO, Robert Hornung. “CanREA and its more than 250 members are committed to working towards this.”

“Our abundant sources of renewable energy will power our clean growth future. We will continue to use them to reduce emissions, create jobs and grow our economies,” said the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, who participated in a live discussion about the role of wind energy, solar energy and energy storage in Canada’s future energy mix following his opening remarks.

CanREA was pleased to welcome Sophie Brochu (President & CEO, Hydro-Québec), Michael Law (President & CEO, Alberta Electric System Operator), Mike Marsh (President & CEO, SaskPower) and Terry Young (Interim President & CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator) to the Forum for an important discussion on innovation and collaboration opportunities engendered by the rapid changes in technologies, policies and customer preferences that are disrupting the electricity sector.

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World News

New York Backs Major Building Decarbonization Initiative

Today, few buildings in the world are carbon neutral, or produce net-zero carbon emissions, but as the electric grid decreases its reliance on fossil fuels, the building stock must wane its dependence on carbon producing systems inside buildings in turn. For owners of large buildings in dense urban environments, implementing the necessary retrofits to shed carbon can be daunting, but technology and design advancements are guiding the way.

The Empire Building Challenge (EBC) is a newly-launched $50 million public-private partnership headed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). The challenge seeks to support replicable and scalable retrofit approaches to achieve high-rise, low-carbon buildings that combat climate change and create jobs for New Yorkers.

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