Pembina Institute

Marc Huot — former employee

Technical and Policy Analyst, Oilsands, Pembina Institute

Marc Huot is a policy analyst with the Pembina Institute’s Oilsands Program. Marc is involved with researching and reviewing environmental impacts associated with oilsands development. His technical background includes knowledge of renewable energy, life-cycle assessment methodology, and energy systems. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta.

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Publications

Beneath the Surface

A review of key facts in the oilsands debate

Published Jan. 28, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers

This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production.

Clearing the air on oilsands emissions

The facts about greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands development

Published Nov. 23, 2012

By Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot

This backgrounder provides an overview of how oilsands production and expansion contributes to greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

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.

Responsible Action?

An assessment of Alberta's greenhouse gas policies

Published Dec. 16, 2011

By Matthew Bramley, Simon Dyer, Marc Huot, Matt Horne

This report provides a detailed evaluation of Alberta's current regulations and financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and identifies key opportunities for the Government of Alberta to strengthen its approach to climate change.

Oilsands and climate change

How Canada's oilsands are standing in the way of effective climate action

Published Sept. 16, 2011

By Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers, Lindsay Fischer

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline issued by the U.S. Department of State overlooked key information and context on greenhouse gas emission management in Canada. In fact, a close inspection of Canada's climate record illustrates key weaknesses at the federal level as well as in Alberta.

This fact sheet and briefing note aim to supplement the dialogue by providing key information on oilsands emissions growth, future oilsands intensity improvements, and the climate policies in effect in Canada at the provincial and federal levels.

Published April 28, 2011

By Jennifer Grant, Simon Dyer, Marc Huot, Danielle Droitsch

Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations.

Published Feb. 28, 2011

By Marc Huot, Jennifer Grant

Submission to the advisory panel charged with developing a world-class monitoring system for the oilsands in Alberta.

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.

Underground Coal Gasification

Environmental Risks and Benefits

Published May 31, 2010

By Matt McCulloch, Jeremy Moorhouse, Marc Huot

Pembina completed a preliminary review of the environmental risks and benefits of underground coal gasification (UCG). What is UCG? Instead of removing coal from the ground and transporting it to a power plant to be combusted and turned into electricity, UCG operators hope to convert the coal locked underground into a gas, known as synthesis gas or syngas, that can be extracted at the site without mining. The report concludes that a pilot project in Alberta seems like a necessary next step to understand how mitigate the risks of the technology and determine if the considerable benefits can be realized. The pilot would have be developed with the support of the local community.

Mining vs. In Situ

What is the highest environmental impact oil?

Published May 27, 2010

By Simon Dyer, Marc Huot

Mining vs. In Situ provides an initial, much-needed comparison of the environmental impacts of oilsands mining and in situ extraction.

Drilling Deeper Fact Sheet

In Situ Oilsands Report Card

Published March 17, 2010

By Simon Dyer, Jeremy Moorhouse, Marc Huot

Drilling Deeper provides a first-of-its-kind analysis of the environmental performance of in situ oilsands by comparing nine operational facilities.

Published March 17, 2010

By Simon Dyer, Jeremy Moorhouse, Marc Huot

Drilling Deeper provides a first-of-its-kind analysis of the environmental performance of in situ oilsands by comparing nine operational facilities.

In Situ Oilsands Report Best Practices Checklist

In Situ Best Practices Checklist

Published March 17, 2010

By Simon Dyer, Jeremy Moorhouse, Marc Huot

Based on the in situ oilsands report card, this best practices checklist shows how industry can improve environmental performance.

Carbon Copy (Fact Sheet)

Preventing Oilsands Fever in Saskatchewan

Published Aug. 13, 2009

By Terra Simieritsch, Simon Dyer, Marc Huot

The oilsands in Saskatchewan could hold as much as 2.3 billion barrels of bitumen, and cover an area of 27,000 square kilometres. Development of oilsands is still in its early stages in Saskatchewan, so there is still an opportunity to do things properly and avoid the mistakes in Alberta.

Carbon Copy

Preventing Oilsands Fever in Saskatchewan

Published Aug. 13, 2009

By Terra Simieritsch, Simon Dyer, Marc Huot

The oilsands in Saskatchewan could hold as much as 2.3 billion barrels of bitumen, and cover an area of 27,000 square kilometres. Development of oilsands is still in its early stages in Saskatchewan, so there is still an opportunity to do things properly and avoid the mistakes in Alberta.

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