Canada continues to dominate in the cleantech sector, why Facebook and Google just can't get enough clean power and, a new all-electric 26-ton excavator


As Ottawa heats up, let’s look to B.C.

If this year’s federal election were a game of Risk, one can imagine how that board might look: cannons and cavalry covering Ontario and Quebec, blue infantry pieces shoulder-to-shoulder in the Prairies. 

As we wrote for iPolitics last week, there’s plenty of independent research from B.C., whose carbon tax bent the emissions curve downward—with no negative economic impact. Alas, evidence is often ignored in favour of those aforementioned soundbites. And so it’s at partisan times like these that we must remind ourselves that when it comes to climate policy—like climate science—we can choose what we listen to and broadcast. 

Canada’s cleantech prowess continues

Twelve Canadian firms have made it into the CleanTech 100, an annual list of the world’s top 100 companies in clean technology innovation. With 13 spots last year as well, Canada is maintaining its momentum as a world leader when it comes to clean technology.  

Don’t leave climate change out in the cold

Here’s one for that relative who can’t resist whipping out the old “whatever happened to global warming” chestnut whenever the temperature drops: how climate change contributed to the polar vortex that’s left us shivering.

Clean up after yourself!

So said Canada’s supreme court, ruling that oil companies can’t just walk away from non-producing oil wells, even if they declare bankruptcy. The message was clear: insolvency does not exempt organizations from environmental standards.

The coal ship has finally sailed

Policy changes at Export Development Canada mean it will no longer invest in coal exports in line with a global push to wean power generation off the dirty fuel–although it will continue to support oil and gas.

Corporations hungry for clean power

Several global tech giants, including Facebook and Google, are scrambling to get their hands on clean energy in order to meet their sustainability commitments. In fact, appetite for clean power doubled last year with new contracts signed for the equivalent of Nevada's entire generating capacity:

A window into the future

This one is just plain cool. A company in Alberta that makes windows that also act as solar panels has just gone commercial, thanks to a cash-boost from carbon tax revenues. Seriously, check it out—it’s an awesome idea.

Indigenous youth summit spotlights clean energy

SevenGen, a world-first Indigenous youth summit that took place last week, hoped to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in sustainability. “We lived off the land, because we truly, initially belonged to the land,” Cory Beaver from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation told CBC. “We want to be able to bring back those ideas and inspire youth.”

VW expands its electric portfolio

Volkswagen has announced it has serious electric intentions, revealing this week it will invest $985 million by 2020 in EV infrastructure, including batteries and charge points. The company also branched out into more uncharted EV territories, creating a new electric dune buggy described as a "modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic."

Norway continues to show us how it's done

Canadian energy-storage company Corvus has signed another deal with Norway to supply five new lithium ion batteries for a new fleet of Fjord1 electric ferries. And if Norwegian electric ferries no longer excite you, how about a Norwegian electric digger (or to be precise, an "all-electric 26-ton excavator"), built by Caterpillar and Pon Equipment in Gjelleråsen, Norway. 

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