7 Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- A 2016-2017 report examines how Canada could act to limit global warming while remaining economically competitive. This report, signed by 71 university researchers from all 10 provinces, suggests that decreased demand for fossil fuels over the coming decades could significantly reduce inward investment in the oil and gas sector. As a result, this would make the industry riskier and less attractive. Given Canada's vast endowment of renewable energy resources, our country can seize the global low-carbon energy transition as an opportunity to build a major new economic engine.
- A Marine Institute researcher and a pair of Memorial alumni are competing to win a national competition for innovative ideas to solve Canadian infrastructure problems. One team is pitching wind energy — utilizing an array of battery “microgrids” to store power generated by wind turbines — as a reliable, sustainable and clean alternative to diesel-generated electricity in Nunavut, Canada’s Indigenous and northernmost territory. They’ve dubbed their project IceGrid.
- Memorial has established a Sustainability and Climate Action Office (SCAO) under the Office of the Vice-President (Administration and Finance) to elevate the formal and strategic structure of sustainability and climate action. With the SCAO, there will be a focus on strategic, broad reaching, sustainable and climate action plans and initiatives at Memorial. Together with the University Sustainability Committee (USC), this office will devise a strategic planning process for the development of strategies, policy, plans and initiatives to embrace a sustainability culture including themes on leadership and culture, climate action, and energy.