Measuring What Matters: An Energy-system Perspective on Sustainability

The Conference Board of Canada, 16 pages, March 27, 2020
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This briefing introduces our analytical framework for achieving a clean energy growth economy in Canada and answers our first question: What is a clean energy growth economy and how do we measure it?

Document Highlights

  • We define a clean energy growth economy as one that will sustain our environment, create wealth, and enhance our standard of living. Getting there will require a long-term transformation of all aspects of life in Canada, and a clear and actionable road map to get us there.
  • Guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we focus on three key themes and a set of strategic goals to measure progress: economy, environment, and society.
  • We have developed a sustainability framework to track key indicators. An energy-system lens is applied to this framework (i.e., we include the entire energy supply chain), given energy’s ubiquity, its role in GHG emissions levels, and the potential disruptive impacts of climate change.
  • These indicators provide an energy-system perspective on sustainability in Canada that can be viewed historically, for the most current period, and for the coming decades.

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