THE CLEAN ENERGY MINISTERIAL
Canadian clean energy takes centre stage
Through the lingering haze from Alberta’s wildfires, the world’s energy eyes turned to Vancouver last week as it hosted the tenth annual Clean Energy Ministerial, attended by ministers and officials from around the globe.
The ministerial gave clean energy a chance in the spotlight on a stage that is typically dominated by oil and gas. As I wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Hive, “the clean energy sector is not just the fossil fuel sector with a clean coat of paint. It represents a broad range of jobs and businesses helping make our energy system contribute less to climate change.”
The ministerial was as much about showcasing clean energy as it was about supporting it. Clean energy is no longer just a solution to the climate change problem. It’s a thriving economic sector in its own right. As Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi remarked in the opening address, “climate change and clean energy may be two of the biggest challenges of our generation, but they are also an opportunity.”