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Renewable Energy Inventory

Background

The Canadian North is experiencing some of the most rapid and intense climate changes on the planet. Average annual temperatures in many northern communities have increased by two to three degrees Celsius over the last fifty years. This warming trend is expected to increase as long as global emissions of greenhouse gases continue at current rates (Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, 2004). Melting permafrost and changing ice conditions are already affecting infrastructure foundations and making transportation systems less reliable.

While global efforts will be needed to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we recognize each territory’s responsibility to take actions to control our own emissions. Each territory has established climate change and energy plans that include actions to reduce energy use and develop renewable energy sources. Energy conservation and efficiency are key tools in the broader energy planning context and provide short term environmental and economic returns on investment. One example of how the territories are encouraging efficiency is the provision of incentives to residents for energy retrofits and the purchase of energy efficient appliances.

The territories recognize the importance of taking a strategic approach to developing renewable energy sources. Production of energy through sources such as hydro and wood already provides important economic benefits. Expanding the use of these energy sources and developing wind, solar, geothermal and tidal energy will require strategic planning and targeted investments.

Strong partnerships are also needed so that the development of renewable energy resources benefits all northern residents, including our partners in Aboriginal governments and organizations, industry, and all levels of government.

Community involvement is essential for developing locally available renewable energy sources.

 
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