Shared Future: how can we address climate change when we approve pipelines?

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is committed to making accurate and timely information about pipelines and energy available to all Canadians. That’s the foundation of our 2019 advertising campaign.

Our aim is to help Canadians build their knowledge about energy and understand that to move forward we need to understand the different perspectives held about the industry. We’ve based this week’s blog post on that campaign, answering one of the most critical questions asked about pipelines.

Approve pipelines for climate change


How can we address climate change when we approve pipelines?


Addressing climate change has become a top priority around the world. Renewable sources of energy like wind, solar and hydro are a growing part of our energy mix. They currently supply close to 18 per cent of Canada’s energy needs. But, the ability of renewables to meet Canada’s energy needs economically and efficiently is still limited. That’s why cleaner burning natural gas is becoming a more important fuel source for electricity generation in Canada, accounting for 9.2 per cent of electricity generated in 2016. (Source: Natural Resources Canada).

Alternative energy sources will continue to grow. However, until those energy sources become more abundant and reliable, they’re not yet capable of meeting all our energy needs. Canadians need reliable and economical energy that they can trust to be available all the time. A safe and secure supply of responsibly produced oil and low-carbon natural gas is an important part of Canada’s energy future.

However, climate change is not just a local problem – it is a critical global issue. And, as the world addresses climate change, Canada’s energy will be an important part of the solution – and pipelines will be a vital link to make that happen.


Pipelines help deliver cleaner energy options like natural gas to the world


Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) can help lower global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when it’s used to displace higher-emitting fuels, such as coal, for electricity generation.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2018, global demand for natural gas will increase 43 per cent by 2040, replacing coal as the world’s second-largest energy source. Canada’s natural gas can help displace coal use around the world, enabling coal-dependent countries like India and China to decrease emissions. It could also help the three billion people using fuels like wood or biomass to improve their health and quality of life. (Source: World Bank 2018)

Canada’s abundant supply of natural gas, with reserves at 1,220 trillion cubic feet (enough for 300 years at current consumption levels) will be transported to LNG terminals by pipeline for export to new markets that need it, helping them reduce dependence on dirtier fuels, and providing cleaner air.

Approving additional pipelines can have a positive effect on addressing global climate change. And CEPA members will ensure this vital resource is shipped safely and responsibly, building a better energy future for all.

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