Canada’s pipelines bring more than energy

Let’s reflect on the past few hours of your life. Did you… have coffee or tea to start your day? Cook breakfast? Paint a ‘masterpiece’ in acrylic or oil paints? Check messages on your smart phone, tablet or computer? Call a friend, relative or colleague? Take photographs of your children or grandchildren? Ride your bike to work?

If you did any of these things, then you made use of a product derived from the oil and natural gas transported most likely by transmission pipelines.

This is the final instalment in our series of posts from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s (CEPA) 2019 advertising campaign focused on changing the conversation among Canadians about the role of transmission pipelines in Canada’s energy future.


Life takes energy


Canada continues to change. Renewable sources, such as wind, solar and hydro, are continuing to grow and are now approaching 18 per cent of the energy Canadians consume. Based on historical shifts in fuel supply, that’s good progress. But we still need oil and natural gas.

We’re an energy-intensive society with an appetite that will grow as both the economy and population grows. This is true globally too. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2018 forecasts global energy demand will grow 25 per cent by 2040. As the 4th largest crude oil and natural gas producer, Canada is well positioned to meet the world’s need for responsibly-produced energy. Currently, Canadians rely on oil and natural gas for approximately 65 per cent of their energy needs. And, the Canadian Energy Regulator forecasts Canada’s energy demand will continue to increase, with oil and natural gas still accounting for the majority in 2040.


Oil and natural gas are woven into almost every aspect of our lives


Along with powering planes, trains, automobiles, trucks, tractors, ships, heating, cooking and electricity, there are more than 6,000 things made from petroleum products… like asphalt for roads and roofs, carbon for bike tires, even shampoo, computers, vitamins and toothbrushes.

In Canada, the oil and natural gas industry also power the social programs we rely on, like public education and health care. This industry contributes significant amounts of money to federal and provincial governments – more than $200 billion since 2008, which could not happen without a safe transmission pipeline system.

As our energy mix evolves, Canadians can continue to count on CEPA members to provide one of the world’s best pipeline systems to deliver the energy they need for life in Canada.

Check out the other blog posts in this series: