Calgary Climate Hub Wants ENMAX to go Net Zero by 2050
For immediate release
July 9, 2020
Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Climate Hub this week launched a campaign to get Calgary’s electricity utility, ENMAX Corporation, to go net zero emissions by 2050.
“As we work towards economic recovery and diversification, more companies are demanding decisive action on climate,” said Dr. Joe Vipond, Co-chair of the Calgary Climate Hub. “Having our electricity generation net-zero would send a clear signal that Calgary is serious about the climate crisis and entering the green economy.”
ENMAX is wholly owned by The City of Calgary, making it a logical choice for reducing emissions. The utility has already moved in this direction by eliminating coal generation, doubling its solar capacity, generating 14 per cent of its electricity through wind power, and stating publicly it will add 4.3 MWh in battery storage at its Crossfield Energy Centre. With the price of battery storage and renewable energy falling dramatically and improved technologies for carbon capture and storage, net zero is the next step.
“Transportation and buildings make up the bulk of emissions at the municipal level,” said James Byrne, Professor of Climate Science at the University of Lethbridge, who co-wrote an op-ed announcing the campaign. “Electrifying our vehicles and how we heat our buildings are key, but only if the source of that electricity is clean. Natural gas still emits methane and other greenhouse gases. A clean future means zero emissions.”
The Calgary Climate Hub is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that unites a diverse group of Calgarians committed to working together to support meaningful local action on climate change.