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Canadians are ready for net-zero, but is government?

By Adam Freill   

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Poll suggests majority of Canadians lack confidence in Canada's ability to achieve its net-zero goals by 2050.

Most Canadians are receptive to renewable energy, but a majority lack faith in the government’s ability to deliver on its net-zero target. A recent Nanos Research poll commissioned by Schneider Electric suggests that 55 per cent of Canadians do not have confidence in Canada’s ability to achieve its net-zero goals by 2050.

According to Schneider, a key player in the digital transformation of energy management and automation sectors, a large majority of Canadians are receptive to the idea of installing renewable energy generating devices in their homes, and most are aware that Canada will need to more than double its current electricity production to meet its 2050 net-zero goals.

That need to increase production may be why half of respondents feel that the government is doing a poor job trying to reach its carbon reduction goals by 2050.

“Canadians are ready to embrace the new energy landscape. The survey underscores their understanding that achieving our net-zero goals requires collective action,” stated Emily Heitman, country president at Schneider Electric Canada. “The recipe for success involves both the continued willingness of Canadians to engage and policy support at the federal and provincial levels, which can assist in offsetting the costs of implementing these innovative solutions.”

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The full survey can be viewed at: https://nanos.co/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/2024-2557-Schneider-Electric-March-Populated-Report-FINAL-with-tabs.pdf.

 

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