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2012 RBC-Pembina Home Location Study infographic

Published July 16, 2012

By Pembina Institute

An infographic depicting the results of a RBC-Pembina Institute study designed to examine preferences for home location attributes in the GTA.

Analysis of Ontario political platforms

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis, Cherise Burda, Sachi Gibson

The Pembina Institute's detailed platform analysis compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.

The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems.

Behind the Wheel

Opportunities for Canadians to drive less, reduce pollution and save money

This report examines opportunities that Canadians have to reduce the impacts of their driving habits, thus lightening their load on the environment and saving fuel costs.

Behind the Wheel Infographic

Opportunities for Canadians to drive less, reduce pollution and save money

This infographic examines opportunities that Canadians have to reduce the impacts of their driving habits, thus lightening their load on the environment and saving fuel costs.

Community Energy Plan

Town of Faro, YT

There are several opportunities for the Town of Faro, Yukon, to reduce energy demand, use energy more effectively, and switch to cleaner fuels, both in the community and in municipal operations. These opportunities were discussed in a community energy workshop, and several suggestions are made in this report.

Competing in Clean Energy

Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy

Competing in Clean Energy

Published Jan. 22, 2013

By Dan Woynillowicz, Penelope Comette, Ed Whittingham

What will it take for Canada to become a clean energy super power? The clean technology sector has emerged as a major driver of innovation and employment growth in Canada. But, if you ask the experts, federal policy and access to capital are still major barriers to a thriving clean energy industry in Canada. 

Delay in efficiency standards for general service lighting

Published June 3, 2011

By Tim Weis

After review of the proposed delay in introducing standards for energy efficient lighting as stated within the Canada Gazette on April 16, it is clear that such a delay will do more harm than good, writes Tim Weis, Director for Renewable Energy & Efficiency Policy for the Pembina Institute.

Edmonton’s Energy Transition

Published April 15, 2013

By Pembina Institute, HB Lanarc

Research and recommendations for an energy transition plan for the City of Edmonton.

Election 2011 survey on the environment

Where do the main political parties stand on environmental issues?

Published April 18, 2011

By Pembina Institute et al.

A group of Canadian environmental organizations asked the five main federal political parties to respond to 10 questions on key environmental issues. This document presents the verbatim responses from the four parties that responded — the Liberal Party, the NDP, the Bloc Québecois and the Green Party. 

Encouraging On-Site Renewable Energy

Published Dec. 13, 2010

By Paul Cobb, Josha MacNab

Just as buildings must meet minimum energy efficiency or safety requirements, many jurisdictions now require buildings to meet minimum renewable energy requirements. 

Published Jan. 18, 2011

By Jesse Row

The Government of Alberta has recently abandoned its efforts to increase energy efficiency requirements in the building code and is waiting to adopt the next version of the National Building Code.

The Pembina Institute and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada are calling on the government to put in place an interim step to help industry transtion to the higher standard.

Every year adoption of a new building code is delayed costs Albertans hundreds of millions of dollars.

Energy Labelling for New Homes

FAQs and Model Bylaw Amendments

This report presents a model building bylaw amendment for the energy labelling of new low-rise residential houses. The labelling requirement was designed as part of a broader process including research and workshops with local real estate stakeholders and local government staff in Dawson Creek, Campbell River and Fort St. John.

Fact Sheet: Wind Power Realities

Putting Wind Power Myths into Perspective

Fact Sheet: Wind Power Realities

Published Dec. 8, 2009

By Tim Weis

This fact sheet addresses questions about the social, environmental and economic impacts of large-scale wind power production in Canada and around the world.

Federal election 2011: A checklist for clean energy success

Published April 1, 2011

By Pembina Institute

This document outlines the core elements of a strong climate change and energy electoral platform. Throughout the federal campaign, the Pembina Institute will be assessing parties' climate change and energy commitments using the criteria outlined in this document, which are drawn from our research and analysis on these topics.

Frequently asked questions about green energy in Ontario

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis

Ontario has taken the laudable step of closing down its entire fleet of coal-fired power plants — a move supported across partisan lines. This, however, is but one of the many changes that is coming to Ontario's electricity system.

Tim Weis, director of renewable energy & energy efficiency, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the role that renewable energy could play in the future of electricity generation in Ontario.

This fact sheet outlines the benefits of labelling homes with a rating of their energy efficiency.

This report outlines the policy design of a home energy labelling requirement at point of sale, for possible pilot implementation by local governments in B.C. 

Improving Energy Efficiency in Alberta’s Buildings

Best Practices, Key Actors and the Role of Sustainable Energy Organizations

Improving Energy Efficiency in Alberta’s Buildings

Published Feb. 26, 2014

By Jesse Row, Eugene Mohareb

This report examines the state of building energy consumption in Alberta in both the residential and commercial sub-sectors, demonstrating a significant potential to conserve energy.

Input to 2012 B.C. Building Code Changes and Policy Discussion

Published Dec. 14, 2011

By Alison Bailie

This submission on proposed changes to the B.C. Building Code is in response to the public consultation undertaken by the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines in November and December 2011.

Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

Published July 14, 2011

By Matthew Bramley

This in-depth study, prepared by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, explores the significance, benefits and impacts of the recent surge in natural gas production in North America, particularly in light of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

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