Aug
26
2016

FPT energy and mines ministers agree to collaborate on priorities for the upcoming year

Meetings of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and mines ministers this week in Winnipeg underscored the need to ensure that economic growth and environmental stewardship go hand in hand, says Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

“PEI has been a leader in the development and deployment of clean and innovative technology.  And we are looking to do more. While producing sustainable and renewable energy is a critical part of our future, it is important that we first reduce the amount of energy we are required to produce. We need to build a better energy system and our effort in energy efficiency and conservation is the absolute first step,” said Minister Biggar.

The ministers agreed on the importance of strengthening public confidence in the energy and mining sectors through enhanced community engagement, science and evidence-based decision-making, robust regulatory frameworks and improving environmental performance.

Ministers had the opportunity to exchange perspectives with Indigenous peoples about some of the challenges and opportunities relating to energy and mineral development and regulation.

“PEI sees engagement and collaboration as the most important and the most effective method of improving public confidence,” said the minister. “It is critical that we ensure that all the work that we do to ensure the success of our resources sectors happens with the fullest support of the people we serve.”

The ministers recognized that collaborative approaches to innovation and the development of clean technologies can encourage clean growth in the energy and minerals sectors across Canada.

In the area of energy efficiency, ministers agreed to a framework and action plan on energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, which can lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Canada;

On electricity and strategic infrastructure, ministers agreed to explore collaboration on new and enhanced inter-jurisdictional electricity transmission interties, smart electricity grids and charging or refuelling stations for alternative-fuel vehicles, which can be a key tool in supporting clean growth, opening up new markets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

The ministers will meet again in August 2017 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, for the next Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference.

Media contact:

 

Wayne MacKinnon
Communications PEI
wemackinnon@gov.pe.ca
902-314-3407

 

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