Decarbonizing Canada via ‘Electrification’ (2023)

Research Report Prepared by the Pembina Institute for Electro-Federation Canada

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Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) represents more than 230 member companies that manufacture, distribute, market, and sell a wide range of electrical and automation products contributing to Canada’s net-zero future, intelligent buildings, smart infrastructure, and Industry 4.0. The electrical and automation industry is the technology, innovation experts, and supply chain partners for a net-zero economy. We are powering a changing world.

EFC’s Industry Research study was conducted with the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, to understand the actions required to transition Canada to a net-zero economy and to identify the opportunities for the electrical & automation industry in Canada’s decarbonization efforts. The study focuses on three key sectors – electricity, buildings and transportation – which account for nearly half of Canada’s emissions. Emission reductions in the electricity, buildings, and transportation sectors, which collectively account for 45% of Canada’s emissions, are critical:

  • A net-zero grid requires physical electric infrastructure upgrades and the mass deployment of electrical and automation devices.
  • Canada must ramp up deep retrofits and fuel-switching of building stock to 4.5% annually until 2040.
  • A significant electric vehicle charging infrastructure expansion is required to scale electric vehicle adoption.

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