The exploration and development of Geothermal Energy can provide an exciting opportunity to impact our collective efforts towards a low carbon, net-zero future, within existing industry activities as well as expanding and diversifying future energy sources. Geothermal energy may also provide an opportunity to address social issues such as energy poverty and energy inequities in remote communities and Indigenous Nations.
Reviewing and addressing this work through a lens on sustainability includes a balanced assessment of activities and metrics for success regarding social, environmental, and economic impacts
We recognize the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as well as the Canadian constitutional requirement to engage, involve and honour Indigenous rights and treaty obligations. We recognize the importance of working with Indigenous peoples and working to understand and incorporate Indigenous perspectives throughout the life cycle of any future development projects.
This will include the engagement and effort to build relatives in Treaty 7 territory, where the University of Calgary resides, and beyond as our students, graduates, and industry partners live, work and operate across Canada.