Promoting Clean Energy for Remote Communities
The Government of Canada (NRCan) has committed to reducing reliance on diesel fuel in Canada’s remote, Northern and Indigenous communities and industrial sites by supporting a transition to more sustainable energy solutions. The objective is to move towards secure, affordable and clean energy that provides both environmental benefits and economic opportunities for communities, and is supported by federal programming.
To this end, NRCan has requested information related to project concepts that promote clean energy for remote communities.
The CPA submitted a response to NRCan’s "concept questionnaire" that outlines a strategy to support off-diesel and includes propane projects that meet the eligibility criteria for federal northern infrastructure project funding.
The CPA will follow up with officials from NRCan as well as meet with senior officials from the Privy Council Office. The Association’s message: propane provides immediate reductions in GHGs and must be proactively considered when designing GHG reduction strategies for Indigenous and remote communities. Government departments have been focused on developing fuels that do not provide immediate relief to Indigenous and remote communities.