Reducing emissions from diesel generators in remote communities

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How smart policy decisions can drive the transition to renewables

This is the fifth publication in Climate and energy policy advancements: Eliminating diesel in Canada’s remote communities, a series providing insights, details, and analysis of each of the specific policies we advocate for under our Renewables in Remote Communities (RiRC) program and the Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative (IODI).

Diesel generators provide most of the electricity supplied to remote communities across Canada. According to the Pembina Institute’s Diesel Reduction Progress Report, as much as 79% of the electricity used in remote communities originates from diesel generation. Given the heavy dependence on diesel, a transition to clean energy won’t happen quickly. However, avenues for reducing emissions from existing generators can be pursued in conjunction with broader efforts to support the clean energy transition.

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