University research funding key to cutting Canada’s carbon footprint

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Elizabeth Cannon Contributed to The Globe and Mail, Jul 7, 2015

Elizabeth Cannon is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Government funding of university research is crucial to transforming Canada’s energy sector and achieving the Group of Seven’s new commitment to deeply cut emissions and decarbonize the global economy by 2100. With government support, scientists at research-intensive universities are advancing solutions for the sustainable development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in ways that reduce emissions and mitigate other environmental impacts.