This past week, CIET attended the 2018 Globe Forum, one of the pre-eminent conferences on sustainability and sustainable business.
The Forum is held once every two years in Vancouver, and is one of the largest Sustainability conferences in the world. It covers a range of topics, including energy efficiency, climate change, environmental conservation, and clean tech. At this 14th edition of the conference, there were roughly 1,800 delegates and around 120 exhibitors.
Due to the nature of the conference and accessibility of the subject matter to serve a variety of purposes, there are many attendees from different spectrums with an interest in sustainability, including the public sector, industrial and commercial companies, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs and NGO groups.
The conference sessions occurred over three days, and were principally centered on the following themes: Business and Competitiveness, Cities and Infrastructure, Energy and Technology, Materials and Resources, Finance and Investment, Policy and Trade.
The Forum also saw the Government of Canada introduce the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The idea behind the challenge is to leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
There was a lot of discussion around what skills the Canadian workforce will need in a new low-carbon economy. One of the core skills needed will be energy management, as the ability to use energy efficiently is one of the easiest and most logical ways to operate both cost-effectively and with low-carbon intensity.