Conference Board of Canada New Report: Canada ranks 14 out of 16 peer countries, gets D grade on environmental record; Alberta gets “D-minus”

How can Alberta allow good fresh water management with all those WaterSmart oilfield wastewater “revenue streams” and “business opportunities?”]

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Along with building public awareness about water issues, Alberta WaterSmart also works with industry. “Eighty-four per cent of the water in our province is allocated to some form of industrial use,” notes Ms. [Kim] Sturgess.

She has worked with Newalta Corp., Canada’s largest industrial waste-management and environmental services company, to recycle and reuse oil-field wastewater for industrial purposes.

“It’s a change in thinking – that water is not a waste product, but also a revenue stream,” she says.

“As we develop new water-management practices, they’ve got to end up as new business opportunities.” [Emphasis added]

Canada earns D grade on environmental record by The Canadian Press, April 21, 2016, The Globe and Mail

A new report suggests Canada ranks 14th among 16 peer countries when it comes to environmental performance, with only the United States and Australia doing worse.

The report by the Conference Board of Canada on Thursday gives Canada a “D” grade based on nine indicators covering climate change, air pollution, and freshwater management.

On climate change, the agency says with 20.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per capita, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest of the peer countries, with only the U.S. and Australia faring worse.

However, Canada gets an “A” rating for low-emitting electricity generation. The report says with nearly 80 per cent of Canada’s electricity being generated from low-emitting sources such as hydro and nuclear power, Canada is behind only Norway, Switzerland, France and Sweden.

Most of Canada’s provinces rank poorly in the agency report, with only Ontario earning a “B” grade. Quebec, British Columbia, and P.E.I. are given a “C” grade, Manitoba scored a “D” and Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were rated “D-minus.”

The Conference Board says while some of Canada’s poor grades can be explained by a large land mass, cold climate and resource-intensive economy, the results suggest there is a long way to go towards improving environmental performance. [Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

Spectacular Oil Patch Monitoring Fraud in Alberta? What will Dr. John Cherry say? AEMERA: A needlessly expensive ‘failed experiment,’ Public blamed for its failure, report by economist Paul Boothe (Director, Ivey Business School) says. What else would industry let him say, especially the part about blaming the public! ]

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