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IEA Publishes Review of Canada’s Energy Policy

12 April 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Canada.” The report breaks down its investigation into energy framework policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

Being one of the highest emitters of carbon dioxide per-capita in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the report commends Canada's efforts to move towards a cleaner energy mix, but finds that long-term sustainability remains a challenge.

Concerning framework policies, the report outlines Canada's  general energy institutional structures and policies as well as of those regarding climate change and energy efficiency. The report then provides sectoral analyses of renewables, coal, carbon capture and storage (CCS), natural gas, oil, electricity and nuclear energy. While the potential of Canada's diverse energy mix is highlighted, so are the technical and environmental difficulties associated with exploiting some of these resources, especially the oil sands of Alberta.

Among the report's recommendations are that Canada should: develop a coordinated climate change policy aimed at cutting emissions of key sectors; pursue leadership in the growing global CCS industry; and streamline upstream oil and natural gas regulation. [IEA Press Release][Publication Website] [Executive Summary]