The big issues: How energy influences the things you care about

Some heavy issues are weighing on Canadians following more than a year of unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. From economic recovery to climate change, protecting the environment and Indigenous reconciliation, Canadians across the nation are asking how will government and industry address these issues.

CEPA and its members are not only addressing these topics – they are playing a crucial role in shaping a more sustainable future for the country.

Here are some examples of how we are doing it:

Economic recovery


As Canada recovers from the global pandemic, the energy industry will be a critical source of funding for important programs and services like health care and education.

The energy industry is a key driver for Canada’s economy – accounting for more than 10 per cent of nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP). CEPA members alone contributed more than $1 billion in government revenues in 2020.

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Climate change


The energy industry is playing a leading role in Canada’s fight against climate change. Large investments in low-carbon energy and clean technology have led to significant reductions in carbon emissions from oil. Oil sands greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity has been reduced by over 20 per cent in the last 10 years.

Canada’s responsibly produced natural gas, oil – and increasingly hydrogen and renewable natural gas – can be used to displace higher-emitting energy sources around the world, leading to a global reduction in GHGs.

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Environmental protection


Canada is a beautiful country and protecting our land, water and wildlife is important to Canadians. It is important to us too. In fact, safety and environmental protection are the transmission pipeline industry’s top priorities.

Thousands of highly trained and skilled experts work in Canada’s pipeline and energy industry to ensure our interactions with the environment have the least impact possible.

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Indigenous reconciliation


Canada’s network of transmission pipelines often crosses Indigenous lands. The industry is committed to building and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with Indigenous communities through principled approaches to Indigenous relations.

Through those relationships and by expanding economic opportunities for Indigenous communities, the industry will continue to play a pivotal role in the important process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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CEPA members will continue to deliver to the highest standards, finding new and innovative ways to support communities while delivering energy safely and reliably in the future.