Pembina Institute

P.J. Partington — former employee

Senior Analyst, Federal Policy

As a senior analyst with the Pembina Institute's Federal Policy group, P.J. Partington works to promote effective climate policy in Canada. P.J. has been with the Institute since February 2009, and is a regular spokesperson on climate issues in the news media.

He is a founding member and former executive of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, P.J. managed the highly successful Canadian Youth Delegation to the UN climate negotiations. P.J. holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in environmental policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Blogs

Jan. 15, 2014

More trouble with 2030

Jan. 10, 2014

The trouble with 2030

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Op-Eds
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Publications

Published Oct. 9, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.

Published June 24, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

In April 2013, the Pembina Institute published a report outlining the key features of a credible greenhouse gas regulation for Canada’s oil and gas sector. This backgrounder updates our initial report in response to new information revealed in media reports, and highlights issues to watch as regulations are announced.

Getting on Track for 2020

Recommendations for greenhouse gas regulations in Canada’s oil and gas sector

Published April 2, 2013

By Matt Horne, Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This report provides recommendations about the design and environmental ambition of regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production and processing in Canada.

Carbon Pricing Approaches

In oil and gas producing jurisdictions

Published Feb. 25, 2013

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington

Carbon pricing is increasingly being implemented around the world as policymakers seek to drive innovation and cut greenhouse gas emissions at lowest cost. In this report, we explore the details of these systems in Alberta, British Columbia, California, Australia, Norway, and the European Union. 

Published Nov. 26, 2012

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder outlines the Canadian context for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, international climate change conference, taking place between November 26 and December 7, 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

Published Aug. 31, 2012

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington, Timothy Shah

Looking forward to 2013 and beyond, the Pembina Institute recommends four changes to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the carbon tax. This document is our formal submission to British Columbia's carbon tax review.

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax

Exploring perspectives and seeking common ground

Published June 25, 2012

By Matt Horne, EMRG, P.J. Partington

Results of interviews with sector representatives in B.C. over the impacts of the provincial carbon tax and its future design.

The High Costs of Cheap Power

Pollution from coal-fired electricity in Canada

The combination of electricity sources — and therefore the qualities and characteristics of the electricity system — depend on where we live in the country.

Weakening regulations could reduce their effectiveness by more than half

Federal government being pressured to weaken coal-fired power regulations

Published April 12, 2012

By Matt Horne, Tim Weis, P.J. Partington

Environment Canada is being pressured to allow existing coal plants in Canada to operate unabated until they reach 50 years of age, while softening future emissions targets. Combined, these backward steps could reduce the overall effectiveness of the regulations by more than half over their first fifteen years.

Published March 20, 2012

By P.J. Partington, Marc Huot

The very clear distinctions between the GHG intensities of 'natural bitumen' (from oilsands) and most conventional crudes supports the EU fuel-quality directive proposal to assign a higher emissions value to natural bitumen.

Evaluation of the Government of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies

Prepared for the Climate Change Performance Index 2012

Published Dec. 6, 2011

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2012. The index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe, ranks countries' performance in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Full information on the index, including countries' rankings, is available here.

Published Nov. 24, 2011

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington

This note provides a general overview of the issues on the table at the annual UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, and assesses the Government of Canada's positions heading into the talks.


To reach a Pembina Institute spokesperson regarding the Durban climate change conference, see the media advisory.

Published Sept. 16, 2011

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington

The Pembina Institute supports Quebec's efforts to put a price on carbon and there are some strong elements to Quebec's draft regulations. However, our assessment against the objectives of effectiveness, comprehensiveness, fairness, and transparency raises some concerns. We see a number of opportunities to improve the draft regulations that would produce better environmental outcomes and improve public support for the final system.

Published July 6, 2011

By Tim Weis, P.J. Partington

Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options examines how scaling back Ontario's plans to develop renewable energy would affect electricity prices, using an integrated energy system simulator to compare two main scenarios.

Tackling emissions from industry

Federal regulation of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and the implications for Canada

Published Dec. 2, 2010

By P.J. Partington

In the face of new regulations on large industrial facilities along with significant uncertainty posed by legal and legislative challenges in the U.S., Canada urgently needs to implement a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction plan of its own.

Published Sept. 2, 2010

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

This backgrounder outlines, in table format, the sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada based on the most recent data, for 2008 and compared to 1990. Emissions are shown for each economic sector, such as electricity, oil and gas, cars and trucks, buildings and agriculture.

Published July 30, 2010

By Marc Huot, Danielle Droitsch, P.J. Partington

This briefing note outlines key information about greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oilsands today and in the future. Recent attention to the issue of greenhouse gases in Canada and the U.S. prompted the Pembina Institute to outline key issues in more detail.

Published July 29, 2010

By Matthew Bramley, P.J. Partington

Pembina's analysis finds the proposed federal regulations for tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light trucks may have little to no effect on reducing climate change pollution.

Published April 5, 2010

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

Pembina's analysis of the recent controversy over the work of climate scientists finds that the science of climate change remains rigorous, providing a credible and compelling basis for policy decisions.

Published Dec. 18, 2009

By Matthew Bramley, P.J. Partington, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Linking National Cap-and-Trade Systems in North America examines the pros and cons of linking cap-and-trade systems and examines the prospects for linking in North America.

Evaluation of Federal Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies

Prepared for the 2010 Climate Change Performance Index

Published Dec. 11, 2009

By Matthew Bramley, P.J. Partington

This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2010, which ranks countries' performance in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Full information on the index, including countries' rankings, is available here.

A Closer Look at Costs

Facing the Climate Challenge: Economics Fact Sheet

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

"A Closer Look at Costs" examines the latest research on the economic impacts and opportunities of reducing GHG emissions and adapting to climate change.

Climate Change Science and Impacts

Facing the Climate Challenge: Science Fact Sheet

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By P.J. Partington

"Climate Change Science and Impacts" provides an overview of the latest research on how climate change is affecting our world, and how an average increase of 2˚C would affect Canada.

Les aspects économiques

Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

Aspects scientifiques et conséquences prévues

Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By P.J. Partington, Matthew Bramley

Published Aug. 13, 2009

By P.J. Partington

The Pembina Institute provided comments on the Government of Canada's proposed offset system.

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