International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable

Gauging Progress Toward Sustainability: A Communication Innovation

Darren A. Swanson
Canada's energy sector has matured. Beginning with a focus on the producer in the early 1900s and living through shifts in focus including energy security during the oil crisis of the 1970s, we have arrived at the federal government's current energy policy orientation of sustainable development. Sustainable development acknowledges the interdependency of our economic, social and environmental systems and strives to meet the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


  • Publication type: Commentary
  • Publication date: June 11, 2003
  • Publisher: IISD
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