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‘Enmax is the laggard’: Calgary climate advocates push for net-zero plan – Calgary

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A local environmental non-profit group is pushing to have Enmax commit to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

“Electricity is by far the easiest sector of the economy to decarbonize,” Dr. Joe Vipond, Calgary Climate Hub co-chair, told Global News. “We’re seeing multiple companies around the country and even within Alberta declare net-zero targets.”

“Enmax is the laggard at this point.”

Enmax says it has already started work on decarbonizing.

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“We have achieved significant reductions in our generation fleet emissions, having reduced absolute GHG emissions by 65 per cent since 2015,” the company said in an emailed statement to Global News.

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“Today, we hold the lowest-emitting power generation fleet of any major energy supplier in Alberta, and have also led customer solar installations across the province while offering energy efficiency tools to customers.”

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Enmax would not commit to any of the Climate Hub’s goals, including halving GHG levels by 2030, achieving a 90 per cent reduction by 2040 and becoming net-zero by 2050.

Edmonton-based Capital Power, TransAlta and Direct Energy all state they have paths to net-zero.

Enmax said it is in the process of updating its long-term goals.


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The Calgary utility company said it is in the process of opening Canada’s first hybrid battery-natural gas turbine generating facility and improving Shepard Energy Centre’s efficiency.

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Calgary Climate Hub claims Enmax could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in carbon taxes when federal carbon pricing increases in 2030.

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Vipond also said Calgary needs more renewable energy resources and interconnectivity in the city’s power grid, to help the transition away from carbon-intensive electricity generation.

“We need to have really robust energy efficiency plans for the city,” he said. “We’ve lost Energy Efficiency Alberta at a provincial level, so it’s up to the city to take over some of that role and Enmax to play its part.”




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