New Green Ribbon Panel to grow economy and address climate change

A new 2020 Green Ribbon Panel looks to develop and implement solutions to keep the economy growing while addressing the realities of climate change.

The Panel represents a collection of environmental and economic leaders from across Canada, including Bruce Power and the Nuclear Innovation Institute.

The Panel will focus on the role nuclear and other representatives from the energy sector can play in fighting climate change and growing the economy.

The Panel will evaluate successful and unsuccessful initiatives from around the world and issue a report on its findings later this year.

The Panel will conduct outreach and research activities to contribute to the Report and develop public policy recommendations for all levels of government.

The Panel will consist of:
– James Scongack, Bruce Power – Chair
– Christopher Hilkene, Pollution Probe
– Steve McCauley, Pollution Probe
– Rocco Rossi, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
– Ashley Challinor, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
– Vanessa Foran, Asthma Canada
– Dennis Darby, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
– Mark Fisher, Council of the Great Lakes Region
– Cara Clairman, Plug’n Drive
– Bruce Wallace, Nuclear Innovation Institute

“The 2020 Green Ribbon Panel has been created to mobilize business and civic leaders in the climate advocacy space to have a forum for sharing ideas, lessons and best practices, and ultimately produce a report with recommendations that can be delivered to government,” said Scongack, the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Operational Services at Bruce Power. “Now that we sit in 2020, we only have a decade until 2030 and it’s time to focus on what works, what doesn’t and what we can agree on to grow the economy and fight climate change. That’s what leadership is all about – having the participation of people representing their respective organizations is a crucial first step to working together and seeking solutions.”

“Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing society and electrification is one of the solutions, especially in Ontario where the electricity grid is already very low in GHG emissions. It is critical that industry and civil society work together to ensure we move towards these solutions in the most effective and timely way,“ said panellist Cara Clairman.

“Long-term planning with a mix of non-GHG-emitting sources, including nuclear power, sets up Canada for success by allowing us to invest in innovation for the new clean-growth industry and drive clean
transportation. Ontario undertook a multi-year effort when it decided to phase out coal, a decision that not only reduced the average Ontarian’s environmental footprint, but also resulted in an economic benefit to the province. It is critical for other provinces and jurisdictions to follow Ontario’s lead and embrace the full spectrum of non-GHG-emitting sources as an integral piece of the climate change puzzle,” said panellist  Christopher Hilkene

“Our vision at Asthma Canada is a future without asthma. We strongly believe that clean air does not need to come at the expense of the economy and jobs, which is why we support this Green Ribbon Panel. We are forming a coalition of thought leaders focused on combating climate change and ensuring Canadians have cleaner air to breathe for generations to come,” said panellist Vanessa Foran.

“Pragmatic solutions that will enable our economy to prosper will be critical to addressing our collective climate change goals. As the indispensable partner of business, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is proud to come together with business and civic leaders to advance evidence-based recommendations on climate change through the 2020 Green Ribbon Panel. One thing is certain: nuclear power will continue to play a key role in supporting economic growth and helping to reduce emissions as Ontario’s energy demand continues to grow,” said panellist Rocco Rossi.

“The 107 million Canadians and Americans who call the binational Great Lakes economic region home are deeply concerned about the ability to respond to climate change and other environmental pressures
while growing the economy and improving their individual prosperity and well-being. The Green Ribbon Panel was formed because we collectively believe that a clean environment and a strong economy can go hand in hand, and we’re committed to working together and with government, academia, industry, and the non-profit sector to create the collaborations, as well as the sustainable solutions and investments, that will move us forward,” said panellist Mark Fisher.

“Energy policy has considerable downstream effects on the province’s economy. As such, decisions must encourage investment, job creation and economic growth across the province. This country and Ontario once used energy policy to drive economic growth because of the broad and positive social benefits that businesses and jobs provide. Manufacturing companies and Industries are ready and willing to do their
part to combat climate change and know that it can come without having to sacrifice their business models and economic prosperity,” said panellist Dennis Darby.