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SOURCE Carbon Management Canada Inc.
CALGARY, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - If Canada is to achieve its greenhouse
gas mitigation targets by 2050, a significant increase in trained
professionals will be required, says a report released this week by
Carbon Management Canada (CMC), a national network working with
industry to develop commercially feasible ways to reduce greenhouse gas
The labor demand forecast, commissioned by CMC and conducted by Navius
Research Inc., suggests that if Canada wants to stay on track toward
achieving its long term emissions reduction target of 60-70% from 2006
levels by 2050, as many as 27,000 additional university, college or
technical institute graduates could be needed by 2030. If Canada aims
to achieve just half of this level of abatement, additional skilled
labor demand could be as high as 12,000 full-time positions by 2030.
"We'll need engineers, geologists, geoscientists, technicians and
technologists," says Richard Adamson, CMC managing director. "That
would be a big challenge under the best of circumstances, but the
bigger challenge is that many of the skill sets required to achieve
that are the same skill sets that the energy industry is already short
of under its present business as usual projections."
The report focused on labor requirements associated with investments in
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), which has been identified as a
critical part of Canada's GHG abatement strategy, and to a lesser
extent on cogeneration in the oil sands.
A big concern is that any skills shortage could slow growth in the
electricity production and fossil energy industries. Jacqueline Sharp,
managing partner of Navius Research, says "Our research shows that
emissions reduction efforts will drive significant investment by
industry, and the availability of skilled labor could become a limiting
CMC is holding a free webinar on Oct. 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. MT. Jacqueline
Sharp, Navius managing partner, and Noel Melton, partner, will present
the demand forecast in more detail. To register for the webinar:
To read a summary of the report: http://www.cmc-nce.ca/?p=5002
About Carbon Management Canada - http://www.cmcghg.com
About Navius Research - www.naviusresearch.com
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