Sustainability

The Conference Board of Canada advances our understanding of how to achieve sustainable economic growth. Our work examines how changes in our energy systems, built environment, mobility, and government policies can allow Canada to achieve its economic, quality of life, and environmental objectives.

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Recent releases

Economic impacts of very small nuclear reactors in remote off-grid mining

Cost-competitive and zero-emissions mining is an opportunity for Canada. Very small modular nuclear reactors (vSMRs) offer this potential paradigm shift. Why does this matter? Northern, remote, and off-grid mines are an important part of Canada’s mining future.

Summary for executives  |  4-min read
October 28, 2020

Going nuclear: Zero-emissions mining in a material world

Canada’s energy transition has material issues. The climate change impact of energy materials is prominent among them. Canada’s mining industry can remedy this challenge with the adoption of low-carbon energy sources to power production.

Commentary  |  4-min read
October 14, 2020

Balancing power with capital: Sustainable finance in Canada’s circular plastics economy

Life is wrapped in plastics. Their global production has experienced a ten-fold increase in the last 50 years—unmatched by any industrial material.

Commentary  |  4-min read
October 7, 2020

Hydrogen is back—but will it break through?

Hydrogen is the fuel for a zero-emissions world. We’ve heard that before and it hasn’t happened. For a breakthrough, innovative and sustainable forms of hydrogen supply, in targeted end-uses, must lead the way.

Commentary  |  3-min read
August 6, 2020

Unlocking the Grid: Overcoming Barriers to Electricity Storage in Alberta

Increased economic demands for electricity, temperature fluctuations due to climate change, and disruptions caused by extreme weather events all add up to an increasingly ambiguous future for energy.

Issue briefing  |  11-min read
August 6, 2020

A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry

British Columbia is becoming the focal point of a new Canadian industry—liquefied natural gas. It will generate investment, growth, employment, taxes, and royalties for B.C., provinces and territories, and the federal government for decades to come.

Issue briefing  |  5-min read
July 27, 2020

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