Economic Development Regina focuses on new opportunities in environment & sustainability
Biomass, hydrogen, solar power, wind power, nuclear power, renewable fuels, carbon capture – these are all sources of energy Regina and Saskatchewan are focusing on to help reach Canada’s emissions reduction target of 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
With every growth opportunity in the environment and sustainability sector, we get another step closer locally. Some recent announcements, including a new biomass power plant, additional funding for climate change research, new hydrogen production projects, and plans to construct a renewable diesel facility, have put a spotlight on the province as a viable option to start or relocate renewable energy companies.
To keep the momentum going and support the 2030 and 2050 initiatives, EDR has created a new position in the organization— Sector Growth Manager of Environment & Sustainability. This role will work to ensure current companies in this sector are engaged and supported. It provide information to stakeholders on developments, data and research on key topics. Reducing roadblocks and providing valuable connections will help ease the stress of growing a sustainable and renewable company in the Greater Regina Area (GRA) and allow us to attract more businesses to Regina’s rapidly growing industry.
“Regina has some big goals for 2030 and 2050 including renewable and sustainable energy targets. Economic Development Regina has a unique opportunity to help companies not only align with these targets but attract new companies to Regina to take us that extra mile and over the finish line,” said EDR President and CEO, Chris Lane.
The City of Regina’s Energy and Sustainability Framework states actions are needed now to acknowledge and mitigate the impact of climate change. The Framework outlines the actions we, as a city, need to take to achieve this goal and gives us a plan for a sustainable future.
It identifies seven ‘Big Moves’ and 31 related actions that are needed to achieve Regina’s goal of becoming renewable by 2050. The seven Big Moves are:
- Retrofitting existing buildings
- Net-zero new construction
- Fuel switching our heating
- Renewable energy generation
- Reducing vehicle emissions
- Increasing active transportation and transit use
- Cleaning and re-energizing industry.
The new Sector Growth Manager of Environment & Sustainability, Megan Bradshaw, is no stranger to Regina or Economic Development Regina (EDR). Megan has worked with EDR for 5 years, supporting and bringing businesses together in her community. Prior to EDR Megan worked with Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) to help companies find new markets and opportunities abroad. Bradshaw is currently working towards her credentials to become a Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA). She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina.
“New to this position, I’m looking to hear from companies and organizations in the community who are working toward sustainability goals and what they need to be successful,” Bradshaw said.
“Whether that’s information on grant funding programs, partnership opportunities or new initiatives and projects, let’s have a conversation!”
For more information, please contact,
GROWTH MANAGER, ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
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