Mitigating Climate Change: Catherine McKenna
Sustainability Minister Catherine McKenna discusses clean technology and its role in tackling climate change, driving our economy, and how we can use it to better serve Canadians.
Mediaplanet: Canadians live from coast to coast to coast. With many northern communities wanting to make the transition to clean energy, what role do you see Canadian clean energy solutions fulfilling for citizens in remote communities?
Catherine McKenna Remote communities, especially in Canada’s North, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. One of my commitments as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change is to support my colleague the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in protecting our communities from the challenges of climate change and supporting them in the transition toward more sustainable economic growth. I believe we can take advantage of both energy development and environmental stewardship without sacrificing growth, thanks in large measure to the ingenuity of industry leaders harnessing our technological innovations.
By investing in sustainable, environmentally sound solutions, the government can offer opportunities for Canada’s clean energy sector to expand and thrive, while fostering long-term solutions for our communities.
MP What is your vision for Canadian clean technology solutions with respect to the government of Canada’s investment plans for social, transportation, and green infrastructure?
CM The government of Canada recognizes the significant role that clean technology, and made-in-Canada solutions, can play in helping to build sustainable, inclusive, and livable communities for all Canadians. We are working closely with all of our partners to develop a 10-year infrastructure investment plan that will include significant new funding in green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and public transit to create sustainable and livable communities.
"Canada has innovative energy solutions that are ready to be deployed internationally and help build a low-carbon economy."
The plan will introduce targeted and strategic investment for environmental infrastructure: such as green energy, water and wastewater facilities, and protection against the impacts of climate change. Strategic investments in efficient public transit will help cut commute times and gridlock, reduce air pollution, lessen our environmental footprint, and help increase productivity.
MP Canada is a world leader in public-private partnerships for infrastructure. How do you see innovative Canadian solutions contributing to climate mitigation and adaptation infrastructure in countries with developing economies?
CM Prior to COP-21, Canada had committed $2.65 billion, over the next five years, to support developing countries’ transition to greener and more climate-resilient low-carbon economies. This contribution will also provide innovative financing aimed at removing barriers and risk to investments from the private sector.
Canada has innovative energy solutions that are ready to be deployed internationally and help build a low-carbon economy. Our country excels in fuel cells, marine energy, biomass and biofuel, wind and solar power, and is innovating in energy efficiency, energy infrastructure, and energy storage.
MP How do you see regulations supporting the deployment of Canadian clean technology solutions contributing to Canada’s GHG reduction goals in emission-intensive and trade-exposed sectors?
CM Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments are working together on a shared approach to addressing climate change that will enable our country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building a greener and more sustainable economy.
The government is also supporting the development and deployment of clean technology through various programs. For instance, we plan to make significant investments in green infrastructure and clean technologies that will benefit businesses and communities across the country.
We have made excellent progress towards developing a pan-Canadian framework on climate change, and this work will continue in the coming months.