G7 puts Canada on the spot, calls for low emissions in energy sector

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada’s energy sector will have to transform itself to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the long term.

Harper was commenting at the end of the G7 leaders’ summit, which called on its members to put their energy sectors on a low-carbon footing by 2050 — a move with serious implications for Canada’s greenhouse-gas-emitting oilsands.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fallen short of her goal of pushing her fellow leaders to a broad, iron-clad commitment to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

The G7 agreed instead to a full-blown, no-carbon economy, but not until 2100.

The leaders are pledging to develop innovative technology to reinvent their energy sectors.

Harper says this doesn’t mean shutting off the lights, but it will mean finding energy sources that emit less carbon.

The Canadian Press