Greenpeace has released a comprehensive analysis of Canada's energy potential that challenges the need for oil from the tar sands and shows that the country can create tens of thousands of green jobs and provide over 90% of the country's electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050.
‘Greenpeace worked with energy experts to show how Canada can break its addiction to dirty tar sands oil, coal and gas and save consumers C$5.3 billion a year by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency,’ says Keith Stewart, Greenpeace's climate and energy campaigner.
The report, ‘Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable Energy Outlook for Canada,’ was prepared by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, in conjunction with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre, the Dutch Institute Ecofys and more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world.
The report shows the following:
– Low-impact renewable energy can supply 96% of electricity and 92% of Canada's total heating needs by 2050;
– Renewable sources of energy would rise from 15% of Canada's primary energy demand today to 25% by 2020 and 74% by 2050;
– Primary energy demand would drop by 50% through aggressive energy efficiency measures and reliance on wind, sun and other cost-free fuels; and
– About 77,000 jobs would be created in Canada in the renewables sector alone by 2030.