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Briefing Paper: Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in Canada’s Energy Sector

ACT has released a briefing paper on the benefits to be gained from combining adaptation and mitigation actions in the Canadian energy sector.

Canada has committed to the rapid implementation of climate change commitments that will reduce carbon emissions (i.e. mitigation), reduce the nation’s vulnerability to environmental impacts (i.e. adaptation), and build a new “green” economy. Mitigation and adaptation have traditionally been approached and implemented as separate processes; however, the cost, speed, and scale of needed climate solutions suggest that an integrated approach to climate change that combines the two – what ACT refers to as low carbon resilience (LCR) – has advantages compared to approaches that separate them.

This briefing paper presents the results of a research project undertaken by Canadian researchers at the Government of the Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and the Ontario Centre for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Research (OCCIAR) that:

  • examined whether integration is occurring in Canada’s energy sector,
  • outlines co-benefits that can be achieved through integration that might not occur otherwise, and
  • identifies conditions for success.

Click here to read the full paper.

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