WHEREAS An Act to ensure Canada meets its global climate change obligations under the Kyoto Protocol has been in force since 2007;
WHEREAS, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference, Cancun, Mexico, December 2010 urged developed nations “to implement quantified economy-wide emission reduction” targets and commitments;
WHEREAS 40% of CO2 emissions are generated by petroleum-fuelled transportation;
WHEREAS, since natural gas and petroleum resources are limited and in declining supply, it behooves us to reduce our reliance on them;
WHEREAS the development of the potential in Canada for clean renewable energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency would create wealth while respecting the environment and principles of sustainability;
WHEREAS Canada has not yet joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA);
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government of Canada to i) join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and ii) reduce CO2 emissions in Canada by working with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as civil society organizations, to develop and implement programs to:
- maximize energy efficiency and energy conservation
- optimize sustainable production of clean renewable energy from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, small-scale hydro, tidal, etc.
- protect (and retrain for equivalent employment) redundant energy sector workers
- minimize reliance on the use of liquid petroleum for transportation
- expedite the electrification of transportation systems, especially in urban areas
- create Urban Transportation Corridors (UTC), and integrated regional transportation plans
- promote Transport Oriented Development in UTCs.
Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)