Global Initiative for Transitioning Remote Communities to Renewable Energy Invested by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson announced today that Canada will invest $500,000 in a new partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to assist these communities in transitioning to renewable energy.

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Numerous communities worldwide struggle to access to reliable, clean and affordable energy. Many are located in remote areas that are either too remote or too difficult to connect to conventional energy grids. Most of these remote communities rely on diesel fuel for heating and power, which pollutes the air and releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That is why the Canadian government is investing in projects that will assist remote communities in transitioning away from diesel and toward clean energy sources.

The initiative will be led by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Environment and Climate Change Canada will work with the US and Mexico to develop best practises for remote communities and provide models and strategies for other countries facing similar challenges.

Minister Wilkinson, IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera, and CEC Director of Government Relations Nathalie Daoust launched the initiative during a session on Global Renewable Energy Microgrids Strategy hosted by Indigenous Clean Energy at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Canada and Indigenous climate leaders will be able to demonstrate their experience and expertise in transitioning diesel-reliant remote communities to clean energy, focusing on increasing local ownership of clean energy projects, building local capacity, and creating jobs for youth and women.

For remote communities, renewable energy microgrids are vital. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass can help Indigenous remote communities in Canada achieve energy independence and self-reliance.

Natural Resources Canada is funding the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise’s Three Island Energy Initiative. Planing on accelerating the global deployment of clean energy microgrids by partnering with clean energy enterprises and financial institutions.

The Canadian and IRENA governments invite all COP26 participants to join this new and vital initiative.

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