Electrifying Canada is a business-led task force, now being steered by the Transition Accelerator. Its initial goal, when first launched by IISD, was to develop a comprehensive and evidence-based framework to electrify large shares of the Canadian economy by enabling transportation, buildings, and industry to shift to electricity as their prime energy source. The goal of Phase 1 was to design, launch and recruit new members for a ‘deep-dive’ (Phase 2) that would scope critical issues and a shortlist of key moves for Canada to advance electrification.
Task force members include BMO, Cameco, First Nations Major Project Coalition, Dunksy, Innergex, Ivey Foundation, The Climate Institute, and more.
Scaling Up Clean Electricity
We need to leverage Canada's clean and renewable resources and expertise to deploy significant power generation capacity over the coming decades. After many years of next to no growth in demand, the electricity sector now needs to accommodate at least a doubling of current electricity consumption by 2050.
The Canadian industrial sector uses electricity to power more than 25% of its energy needs. It must ramp this up to 41% by 2050 while simultaneously reducing its total energy consumption.
Electrifying Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fleets
Electrifying transportation has shown early promise in Canada. But the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle classes is running a few years behind the light-duty market. Despite its potential, electrification is not yet happening at the pace and scale needed to achieve significant emission reductions in these two classes of vehicles.
Electrifying Heating in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
Heating buildings is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada—emissions that must be mitigated to meet our net-zero targets. About three quarters of this sector’s emissions must be eliminated by 2040, and since most heating equipment installed today is likely to still be running then, there is no time to waste.
Canada’s Electrification Advantage in the Race to Net-Zero
Our research identifies targeted opportunities to accelerate the electrification of Canadian businesses, as well as the key barriers inhibiting the pace and scale of progress needed to get on a trajectory to net-zero.
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