Climate change poses a variety of challenges for the energy sector, including power outages caused by extreme weather events, interruption of hydro power generation due to low water levels and melting glaciers, and implications for emissions reduction planning as temperatures increase and drive up demand for energy needed for cooling.

ACT’s research project on Climate Change Adaptation and Energy included a Low Carbon Economy in BC seminar, which took place on November 24, 2009, at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC. This private panel event was hosted in partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland and the GLOBE Foundation and featured experts from Switzerland and Canada. Participants included representatives of the private sector, research institutions, universities, and all levels of government. Topics discussed included research and development, and barriers and opportunities in a number of areas for clean energy such as hydroelectricity, waste-to-energy and geothermal energy.

The panel was moderated by Bruce Sampson, former VP Sustainability, BC Hydro; Chair, International Centre for Sustainable Cities BC, who authored the ACT policy recommendations from the research project with co-author Linsay Martens.

Click here to see the research results and policy recommendations from this project.