Planning for a Clean Future

Source : Boardroom

Author: Lane Nieset

By investing in its natural resources, Canada, one of the largest countries in the Western Hemisphere, is emerging as a global leader in the drive toward clean and sustainable energy through industry-leading expertise and thriving events.

In 2018, clean technologies, energy and environmental goods and services comprised $66 Billion of Canada’s nominal GDP—a 39.3% jump in just a decade. Canada’s natural resources sector now accounts for 1.9 million jobs in the country and $589 Billion of investment in major resource projects. Innovation taking place on the ground is one way Canada’s natural resources are making an impact on a local scale, but through business events, conferences in Canada’s regional powerhouses are helping leave a legacy that is reducing carbon and ecological footprints while helping restore natural habitats.

Canada’s hydrogen hub

Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan aims to exceed its 2030 Paris Agreement emissions reduction goal by moving in the direction of net-zero emissions by 2050, and is joining over 120 countries in this commitment. Tree planting and carbon capture, for example, can help offset or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and this plan is already well underway in regions like Edmonton, home to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, the country’s largest hydrocarbon processing cluster, where over 40 national and multinational companies have $40 Billion in investment. As Anna Look, director of Business Events for Explore Edmonton puts it: “Having the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub on our doorstep in Edmonton paves the way for welcoming business events to our city that can use this local, yet world-leading, expertise to enhance their conferences, speaker pool and delegate experience through access to talent, infrastructure and technical tours that can show the world, through business events, how Canada is working towards a sustainable future.”

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