A Lean, Green and Clean Energy Future for Ontario by RG

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									A Lean, Green and Clean Energy
       Future for Ontario
              Keith Stewart
              WWF Canada
        Climate Change Campaign
          Goal: Avoid dangerous climate change by
           keeping warming below an average 2º C
Canada directly contributes 2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But
  our indirect contribution via fossil fuel exports is large and growing.

Canada’s Kyoto target requires a 6% reduction in GHG emissions against
  1990 baseline, but emissions are up by 24%.

Canada is the second-least energy efficient country in the OECD (per capita);
  Ontario is far behind various US jurisdictions in electricity productivity
  (Kwh/GDP)

Modelling indicates that nature cannot survive more than an average 2-degrees
  C warming above pre-Industrial levels without dire consequences. Canada’s
  arctic regions are warming faster and being affected more acutely than any
  other on the planet.
                      Signs of Hope

We are on the verge of a profound shift in the way we produce
 and use energy. This shift will take the world away from the
 wasteful and ecologically-destructive consumption of fossil
 fuels and nuclear power, towards cleaner, more efficient
 forms of power.

Past energy revolutions -- from wood to coal, from coal to oil,
  gas and electricity -- have brought an explosion of
  improvements in human health. Investing in new green
  energy sources will make our lives better, too.
          PowerSwitch!:
          from coal to clean
The electricity generating sector, particularly coal plants, is
  the largest source of greenhouse gases globally, and in
  Ontario is responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas
  emissions and 15 – 23% of smog-causing pollution.

Nuclear stations are no solution, as they create
  environmental hazards and security threats throughout
  their life-cycle, and get in the way of green power by
  draining resources away from energy efficiency and
  green power, while locking us into a highly centralized,
  inflexible grid.
        Three steps to a greener future

The decisions made today can move Ontario step by
  step towards a greener future. Ontario should
  adopt a three-step Energy Hierarchy to prioritize
  where new energy resources come from:

  Step 1: Stop wasting energy (be lean)

  Step 2: Use renewable energy (be green)

  Step 3: Use the cleanest available fossil fuel, in the most
    efficient way possible (be clean)
    Three Steps to PowerSwitching Ontario
Step 1: Stop Wasting Energy (Be Lean)
     • Better building code & energy efficiency standards.
     • Economic incentives for conservation.
     • Retrofit of existing homes
        – Low income housing is key, as it is the most likely
         to be electrically-heated and is least energy-
         efficient.
     • Public engagement
•Will save money: aggressive conservation would net
savings of over $7 billion by 2020.
         Three Steps to PowerSwitching Ontario

Step 2: Use Renewable Energy (Be Green)

The popularity of renewable energy is exploding as millions of
  people around the world use clean energy to generate
  electricity, to heat and cool all kinds of buildings, and to
  produce a variety of cleaner fuels.
•
Wind and solar are the fastest growing sources of energy in
  the world. These low-polluting energy industries are also
  creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs in countries as
  diverse as Germany and China.
 3 Steps to PowerSwitching Ontario

Step 3: Use fossil fuels wisely in the
  transition to 100% green
• Get the most out of gas: heat and
  power.
• Use gas sparingly as back-up to
  renewables.
                   Summary

The Lean, Clean and Green option for
 Ontario’s energy system is
  • Available
  • Affordable
  • Equitable: fair to our environment and our
    future.
For More Information:

  Keith Stewart, Ph.D.
  Climate Change Campaign Manager
  WWF-Canada
  Kstewart@wwfcanada.org

								
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