Canada’s Electrification Advantage in the Race to Net-Zero
Five catalysts to accelerate business electrification
In corporate boardrooms and the corridors of political power in Canada and worldwide, business and political leaders are stepping up to act on climate change. While multiple technologies and approaches will be necessary, clean electrification—substituting fossil fuels with renewables and other forms of clean electricity—has consistently been the most affordable, reliable, and efficient path forward to net-zero by 2050. This report and four sector-specific briefs outline the catalysts that will get us there.
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Scaling Up Clean Electricity
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Electrifying Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fleets
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