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Canada in a Low-Carbon World: Impacts on New and Existing Resources

Andrew Leach ()

Canadian Public Policy, 2016, vol. 42, issue s1, 18-23

Abstract: Moving to a low-carbon future will create challenges for Canada's fossil-fuel industries, but opportunities in the form of a new market for low-carbon goods and services. The challenges for the resource sector will vary across commodities. Competition in the new market for low-carbon goods and services will be tough; sustained competitive advantage will be difficult to maintain due to capital mobility. With these challenges in mind, this article proposes three questions for Canadians looking ahead to a low-carbon future. First, how large will the market for low-carbon goods and services be? Second, where are Canada's advantages likely to lie in serving these markets? Finally, what are the roles for Canada's existing natural-resource industries in a low-carbon economy, and what are the strategies to maximize the value of these resources?

Date: 2016
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