Canada’s Net-Zero Carbon Targets by 2050
July 26, 2022
July 26, 2022, 8:43:36 p.m.
Canadian policymakers are taking action to fight perceived threats of climate change with the long-term goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
To meet this goal, Canada Energy Regulator aims to leverage technological innovation coupled with solid measures as outlined in its recent report Canada’s Energy Future 2021: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2050 (EF2021).
“Climate action can’t wait,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. “Since 2015, Canada has been a committed partner in the fight against climate change, and as we move to a net-zero future, we will continue to do our part to cut pollution and build a cleaner future for everyone. Together, we will beat this crisis while creating a green economy and new middle class jobs for Canadians.”
Canada Puts Climate Action Into Law
Canada’s Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act became law on June 29, 2021, legislating the country’s commitment to deliver carbon reduction targets, including a 40-45% emission reduction from 2005 levels by 2030. EF2021 additionally reveals possibilities for what Canada’s electricity system might look like in a net-zero world. These include two main energy commodity projection scenarios and six scenarios focusing on how the country will meet electricity demands under varying conditions.
Electricity Reduction Is The Chosen Path To Net-Zero
Canadian legislators are concentrating on the electricity sector as the pathway to net-zero rather than petroleum or coal. Using existing climate modeling and energy system assessment studies, policymakers and researchers believe that an electricity sector with net-zero or net-negative emissions is a cornerstone of a carbon-neutral energy system.
Canada is already on its way towards net-zero emissions where electricity is concerned. Approximately 82% of the country’s electricity is currently derived from non-greenhouse gas emitting sources, including nuclear power, hydro, solar, and wind. According to the National Inventory Report 1990–2019: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada, GHG emissions intensity produced by electricity generation has declined by 45%, from 220 grams CO2 equivalent (gCO2e)/kWh in 2005 to 120 gCO2e/kWh in 2019.
LEDs are part of the solution
High-efficiency windows, highly insulated building envelopes, and LED lighting are part of Canada’s overall carbon-reduction strategy. Provinces across the country offer valuable incentives to residential and commercial buildings looking to upgrade to LED lighting. Coupled with cost-saving programs that eliminate upfront expenses, businesses throughout British Columbia are taking advantage of the unique benefits offered by LED lighting.
There’s never been a better time to make the switch. According to BC Hydro, LEDs save up to 75% of energy use while providing similar lighting conditions. In addition, replacing metal halide and high-pressure sodium systems can save up to 50% of energy use, making LEDs a cost-saving, energy-efficient option for all types of lighting.
LEDs Benefit People Along With The Planet
The benefits of LEDs extend beyond reduced carbon emissions.
Did you know that LEDs provide better lighting quality that benefits both the body and mind?
LEDs are highly customizable to provide alternative colour warmer temperatures that offer numerous advantages that include:
• Better circadian rhythm alignment that regulates our internal biological “clock” for better sleep and improved metabolism
• Advanced controls that adjust temperatures according to the time of the day and function of the room
• Dimming switches and sensors that save more energy when lighting is not needed
• Increased residential and commercial property value
Thinking about changing those harsh fluorescent and inefficient incandescent bulbs? If so, then take advantage of the advanced technology of LEDs for a wide variety of benefits that improve health, save money, and help the planet!
Radiance Energy Makes Switching to LEDs Easy and Cost-Efficient
Radiance Energy can help you leverage the cost-saving benefits of LEDs while moving Canada towards its Net-Zero carbon emissions goals. Schedule a complimentary audit today to discover how LEDs can transform your residential or commercial space for a brighter, cleaner, and greener future.