Briefing Paper: Low Carbon Resilience in Canada’s Energy Sector

This paper explores the co-benefits of integrating adaptation and mitigation in the Canadian energy sector

The results of this research show that the best way for the energy sector to facilitate “purposeful integration” is by supporting leaders, both formal and informal. This support can be provided by reducing the risk leaders take in sup-porting implementation of innovative approaches such as integrative solutions, and by establishing a positive role for public private partnerships in energy projects that offsets some of the risk to other partners. Both forms of support can be provided through conventional energy policy: Leadership risk can be reduced through incentives, grants and funds that acknowledge the benefits of integrated solutions and provide the means to make them happen, and public-private partnerships can be facilitated through market development interventions, feed-in-tariffs, or innovation funds.Through such policies, the energy sector can benefit from a coordinated approach to accumulating co-benefits through integrated climate action, or low carbon resilience, while the public can benefit from innovative energy projects that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved climate resilience, and innovative economic opportunities.