On March 15, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a pre-consultation discussion paper seeking input on a national clean electricity standard (CES) in support of achieving a “net-zero electricity sector” (no net greenhouse gas emissions) by 2035. A CES is particularly important as electrical demand, and related emissions, are expected to increase as Canada moves towards becoming a net-zero economy by 2050.
CPA submitted comments addressing the potential impacts on wood fiber availability and supply chains for the composite wood products industry due to higher biomass-fired electricity generation. The comments also advocated that electricity rates remain affordable to the sector. Formal CES consultations are expected to begin this summer. See Clean Electricity Standard Discussion Paper and CPA Comments. More info: Kevin Warkentin