His Worship, Michael Savage, Mayor, City of Halifax
It is my distinct pleasure to extend warm greetings and a special virtual welcome to all attending the 2020 Smart Energy Conference presented by Emera. It’s unfortunate that we can’t gather in person for this important annual event, but I have no doubt that SE2020 will be a productive and thought-provoking virtual experience nonetheless.
Last year we gave a presentation about the work we were doing to develop a new climate strategy. I am happy to share that Halifax Regional Council just recently approved this new strategy, HalifACT 2050 – Acting on Climate Together. This combined climate mitigation and adaptation plan charts our journey to net-zero by 2050 but requires urgent and transformational action in the next 10 years. We are ramping up our efforts by setting a target of net-zero municipal operations by 2030 and are working on ways to incentivize others to retrofit, electrify, generate renewable energy, build smart, and get ready for future climate impacts. We are approaching this critical work through a lens of equity and inclusion, focusing first on our most vulnerable populations. Our staff will be participating throughout the Conference and presenting on HalifACT 2050, and our own Energy and Environment Program Manager Shannon Miedema will be your emcee for the event.
SE2020 will provide delegates from across North America with a valuable opportunity to make connections and exchange ideas with energy leaders, commercial consumers, technology innovators, academics and policy makers in the smart, clean and renewable sectors.
Here in Halifax, we take pride in our reputation as a warm and welcoming host city, and we hope to see you back in person soon. I want to acknowledge with gratitude the Jameson Group, title partner Emera, and all other partners for supporting this industry-leading Conference, and I wish you a successful and memorable event.
Mayor of Halifax