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  • Forestry industry wants smart federal policies to aid low carbon economy transition +

    The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling on the federal government to adopt smart policies so the sector Read More
  • CO2 Solutions gets loan to support commercialization activities +

    Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc. has secured a loan of $300,000 from a director of the company. The money is Read More
  • Sunverge adds AC capability to intelligent energy storage system +

    Sunverge Energy has unveiled an AC-coupled model of its energy storage product, the company announced this week. Offered to renewable energy Read More
  • GreenPower gets order for electric buses in California +

    The City of Porterville CA has secured $9.5 million in funding from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to deploy Read More
  • Federal government commits $32 million to genome research +

    Biocatalysts development, reducing sulphur compounds in mine wastewater and algae bloom toxicity level testing are among 13 large scale research Read More
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A national price on carbon isn’t going to be enough of a backstop to ensure greater spending on low carbon technologies such as renewable fuels and bio-based materials. Derisking investment in this space is going to require complementary initiatives, programs and regulations.

That the federal political debate on climate change is largely still one that pits those espousing the view of a job killing carbon tax on everything versus others who believe the environment and the economy go hand in hand does a disservice to individuals and companies in the clean energy space.

Biofuels need continued policy support, otherwise the sector could die

Ecofiscal Commission’s report on biofuels policy “is not a document that should be used to support a prudent course of action by government.” That’s Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, arguing in his report Staying the Course that the federal government would be wise to maintain its existing policy approach to renewable fuels.

A broad cross section of stakeholders from business, labour, environmental, faith and civil society sectors launched on December 6 an appeal to Canada's First Ministers to put the country on a path towards a Clean Growth Century.