2025 clean power commitment for federal buildings
As part of the 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework of Clean Growth and Climate Change, the federal government set a goal of using 100% clean power by 2025. During the 2019 election campaign the Government committed to accelerating this timeframe by three years. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)’stechnical and procurement expertise will be a key enabler for this initiative.
- The government is committed to purchasing 100% of the electricity it consumes from clean energy sources
- Currently, 80% of power consumed by the Government of Canada comes from clean sources supplied by the provincial and territorial utility grids
- The government will work with provinces, territories, and industry to develop new clean power generation in Canada. This will reduce the Government of Canada’s carbon footprint, while stimulating economic growth in the renewable energy sector
- At the same time, Public Service and Procurement Canada is working to reduce energy consumption internally through energy efficiency measures
Clean power is defined as electricity that is produced from non-greenhouse gas emitting energy sources. In Canada, the majority of clean electricity, provided by utilities, comes from hydro-electric, nuclear, wind, and solar power generation.
PSPC is evaluating the best approach to putting in place Power Purchase Agreements to satisfy Government of Canada requirements for clean electricity. The Power Purchase Agreements will require the construction of new non-greenhouse gas emitting electricity production.
The cost for clean power will be dependent on the approach that PSPC takes to establishing the Power Purchase Agreements and capacity of the industry.
PSPC (The Real Property Services Branch in collaboration with Western and Atlantic Region) is collaborating with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Centre for Greening Government and the Department of National Defence on a National strategy to meet this Government of Canada commitment.
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