Toronto -- As Earth Month approaches during the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadians are looking to the future with support for more action on climate change and increased renewable energy generation. These results come from a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group and commissioned by Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider.
According to the Canada 150 Climate Change Survey, the majority (57%) of Canadians think the country should be doing more to address climate change. Millennials (ages 18-34) are even more adamant, with more than 70 per cent saying that doing more to address climate change is important. Further, 33 per cent of millennials think the country should be doing a lot more to address climate change, compared to 20 per cent and less for all other age groups.
“It is encouraging that Canadians understand the need for more renewables as the solution to the energy demands of the future,” said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power. “To successfully transition to cleaner forms of energy, it is essential for individuals, government and business to all be working toward a common goal.”
Canadians agree that responsibility for climate change action belongs to everyone, with four-in-five (85%) Canadians indicating that it is important for individuals, businesses and government all to make stronger commitments to address this issue. However, Canadians believe that it is most important that businesses make a stronger commitment (87% compared to 85% government and 84% individuals).
“Businesses have a leading role to play to support Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy,” said Philipp Wassenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada. “Through our partnership with Bullfrog Power, Munich Reinsurance can continue to integrate sustainable measures into our Canadian business and encourage our employees to do the same on an individual level. Supporting green energy is one way Munich Reinsurance has maintained carbon neutrality globally since 2015.”
Canadians also have an eye to future electricity demands with 74 per cent thinking the country needs to generate more renewable energy in order to meet the demands of the future. Nationwide, specific forms of renewable power (35% solar, 20% hydro, 19% wind) are widely favoured over traditional forms of electricity generation (7% nuclear, 6% natural gas, 2% oil, 1% coal).