Competitive, clean Canadian industries

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In the future, Canadian industrial sectors will use clean electricity and lower carbon fuels.They will make more efficient use of energy and seizing opportunities unlocked by innovative technologies. Canada’s industry sectors, including oil and gas and mining and manufacturing producers, will make significant contributions to the national effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will reduce emissions and drive clean growth in heavy industry and manufacturing sectors by reducing emissions of methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); encouraging industries to use energy more efficiently, and by investing in new clean technologies and drive innovation to help grow Canadian businesses.

What success will look like

A wood pulp factory in Quebec is planning to use bark, sludge and wood residues—by-products of its operations—to produce energy to heat the factory. Any surplus energy produced will be used to generate electricity that can be sold back to Hydro-Quebec. Construction of this multi-million dollar project will generate 80 jobs, and the operation of the new equipment will create 15 full-time jobs at the factory. The cost of this project will be amortized over 15 years. These clean technology improvements will reduce the factory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and send 80% less wood by-product waste to landfills.

Key facts and figures

  • In 2013, industrial sectors (including oil and gas) accounted for about 37% of Canada’s GHG emissions.
  • Light manufacturing, composed of non-emissions-intensive industrial production, such as the food and beverage industry, produced 6% of the sector’s emissions in 2013, but is projected to more than double by 2030.
  • Significant emissions growth is expected in other sectors by 2030, including chemicals and fertilizers (44% growth) and iron and steel (36% growth).
  • Improving energy efficiency can reduce emissions, often at low cost to business owners, and support competitiveness.
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