Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Ensuring everyone has access to clean and sustainable energy is a pivotal environmental, economic and health issue.
Around the world, 1.1 billion people live without electricity and about 4.3 million people die every year from pollution from indoor cookstoves that use toxic fuels, such as coal.
Although we continue to commercially extract oil and gas, Canada is a global leader in the renewable energy sector. Most of Canada’s energy comes from renewable sources, with 59% from hydroelectric dams, making it the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. Canada is also the 6th largest global producer of wind power. As Canada’s energy sector accounts for about 7% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, and employed or supported almost 1 million jobs as of 2016, it is an important area of Canada’s economic growth and development.
By improving access to clean and sustainable energy for all, we can protect people and the environment, and achieve sustainable economic growth. Let’s develop, use and share sources of clean and renewable energy by 2030.
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"Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania and the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy." - Hermann Scheer
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