Considering Energy Policy
In 2008 Canada’s four leading hydrocarbon industry associations – CAPP, CEPA, CPPI and CGA – began a cooperative initiative aimed at articulating an energy framework for Canada. Our name reflected the task: we called ourselves the Energy Framework Initiative, or EFI. The goal was not specific policies or programs at the national level, but rather the identification of key themes in respect to our energy system, and of some thinking about what each entailed for the nation. An overview paper was produced that included some fundamental principles, six themes were defined, and six substantive papers on the themes were produced by key stakeholders. All of these materials are included below for the reader’s review.
Of more significance, in the course of frank, constructive deliberations with stakeholders from government, industry, academia and civil society, a consensus view emerged about the merit of such a framework and its core themes and principles. That view has taken flight in a variety of ways, from specific actions on some of the themes, to initiatives aimed at articulating more explicit energy strategies.
EFI member associations believe an ongoing discussion about Canada’s energy system is important for all Canadians and we continue to encourage it.