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Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Canada 2009

Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Canada 2009    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 612009071P
Pages 264
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $116.15
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Produced by the International Energy Agency and published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010.


The International Energy Agency's periodic review of Canada's energy policies and programs. This 2010 edition finds that Canada, with its diverse and balanced portfolio of energy resources, is one of the largest producers and exporters of energy among IEA member countries. The energy sector plays an increasingly important role for the Canadian economy and for global energy security, as its abundant resource base has the potential to deliver even greater volumes of energy.

The federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada are all strongly committed to the sustainable development of the country's natural resources and have a long-standing and informed awareness of the need for each to contribute to the development of the energy sector. Furthermore, the government of Canada seeks to achieve a balance between the environmentally responsible production and use of energy, the growth and competitiveness of the economy, and secure and competitively priced energy and infrastructure.

Nonetheless, the long-term sustainability of the sector remains a challenge. Due to climatic, geographic and other factors, Canada is one of the highest per-capita CO2 emitters in the OECD and has higher energy intensity than any IEA member country. A comprehensive national energy efficiency strategy, coupled with a coordinated climate change policy targeted at the key emitting sectors, is needed.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a priority for the federal government and presents Canada with an opportunity to develop a new technology that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large scale. The IEA recommends that Canada provide international leadership in the development of CCS technology.

This IEA review analyzes the energy challenges facing Canada and provides sectoral critiques and recommendations for further policy improvements.

Table of Contents:
  • Executive Summary and Key Recommendations
  • Part I: Policy Analysis
    • General Energy Policy
    • Climate Change
    • Energy Efficiency
  • Part II: Sector Analysis
    • Renewable Energy
    • Coal
    • Carbon Capture and Storage
    • Natural Gas
    • Oil
    • Electricity
    • Nuclear Energy
  • Part III: Energy Technology
    • Energy Technology Research and Development
  • Part IV: Annexes
    • A. Organisation of the Review
      • Review Criteria
      • Review Team
      • Organisations Visited
    • B. Energy Balances and Key Statistical Data Organisation of the Review
    • C. International Energy Agency "Shared Goals"
    • D. Glossary and List of Abbreviations
  • List of Figures, Tables and Box
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