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Questions and answers on building an effective climate strategy for Alberta.
This backgrounder provides information on the climate impacts of the oilsands and the link between pipelines, market access and oilsands expansion, as well as the regulatory context in Alberta. These factors all play into the assessment of Ontario and Quebec’s fourth condition for the Energy East pipeline.
There’s a common misconception that increasing the supply of renewable energy to the electricity grid drives up power costs in Alberta.
In fact, clean energy is lowering Albertans’ electricity costs. As this fact sheet explains, both solar and wind energy are subsidizing our electricity rates in different ways. Understanding why that happens requires a closer look at how the electricity market works.
A report comparing rapid transit in five of Canada’s largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
A summary of how Alberta’s key climate policy, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, currently functions and can be improved going forward.
Within 20 years, Alberta has the potential to drastically reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuels for power generation and replace it with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy, according to a new report from the Pembina Institute and Clean Energy Canada.
The Cross-Canada Impacts of Developing the Oil and Gas Industry of the Energy Sector Briefing note to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources
This briefing note was presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources in conjunction with testimony from the Pembina Institute.
Improving Energy Efficiency in Alberta’s Buildings Best practices, key actors and the role of sustainable energy organizations
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.
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.
This report, jointly published by Equiterre and the Pembina Institute, examines how the rapid pace of oilsands development is creating economic risks and regional disparities that could have long-term implications for Canadian prosperity.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development documents relating to oil and gas sector greenhouse gas regulations.
This slideshow explores how oilsands development and expansion impacts some of the Aboriginal communities living nearby.
This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, including compliance with provincial regulations.
Documents formal complaints regarding wind energy made to the most likely authorities in Alberta to receive such complaints.
On May 21, 2013, Pembina Institute hosted the Clean Electricity Thought Leader Forum to discuss a greenhouse gas emissions-intensity performance standard for the electricity sector in Alberta.
Net Greenhouse Gas Impact of Storing CO2 Through Enhanced Oil Recovery An analysis of on-site and downstream GHG emissions from CO2-EOR crude oil production in Western Canada
ICO2N commissioned the Pembina Institute to analyze the greenhouse gas impact of storing CO2 through the process of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The analysis looked at five different scenarios for quantifying CO2 emissions — both emissions associated with operating an EOR site as well as those associated with the oil that is produced.
This report a number of metrics of oilsands production on a per-barrel basis, including land disturbance, air emissions, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and tailings production.
A province-wide Alberta wetland policy should ensure that wetlands are protected proactively. This backgrounder documents how this can be done.
In 2011 the Pembina Institute released Solving the Puzzle — our report outlining 19 policy solutions for responsible oilsands development. Here we evaluate progress to 2013 on implementing the solutions presented in that report.
Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) is due for renewal in 2014, and the Government of Alberta is currently considering revisions to the regulation. A stronger SGER would help Alberta reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance social license to operate for sectors, such as the oilsands, that face continued scrutiny of environmental performance.
This briefing note outlines the Pembina Institute's perspective on how Alberta needs to strengthen its greenhouse gas regulations.
Research and recommendations for an energy transition plan for the City of Edmonton.
Alberta burns more coal for electricity than the rest of Canada combined. Unfortunately, coal produces more pollution than any other source of electricity. This report explores the full costs — including the health and climate impacts — of this "cheap" source of power for Alberta, and makes policy recommendations that could help the province transition to viable, healthier alternatives.
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.
This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production.
A group of leading companies engaged with the Pembina Institute in 2012 to review the history of renewable energy activity in the oil and gas sector, share experiences, extract the opportunities, barriers and enablers, and draw some conclusions for how to move this area forward.
This backgrounder features new analysis showing that producing enough bitumen to fill the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and inhibit Canada’s ability to meet its climate targets.
The Energy Efficiency (EE) Check pilot project is a demonstration of an innovative approach for supporting energy efficiency retrofits for large buildings and smaller and mid-size industrial facilities.
Clearing the air on oilsands emissions The facts about greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands development
This backgrounder provides an overview of how oilsands production and expansion contributes to greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.
Opportunity in the Wind Alberta has one of the largest and strongest wind energy resources in Canada.
Wind power offers a significant opportunity to help clean the province’s electricity grid and, as harnessing wind power picks up across the province, we’re beginning to see the benefits along with a host of questions and concerns.
A joint federal and provincial review panel will conduct hearings this fall into a proposal to expand Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine. The Pembina Institute is opposing the project as a member of the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC), which includes the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and is represented by Ecojustice.
The Pembina Institute's concerns about the proposed Jackpine mine expansion include impacts to wildlife, wetlands and forests, air quality, acid deposition, water use and climate change.
Pembina Institute assesses how the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan delivers on key issues of concern relating to water, air and land impacts. We’ve evaluated the final LARP against the solutions presented in our Solving the Puzzle report (released in 2011) noting three categories: Substantial Progress, Work in Progress, Lack of Progress.
The combination of electricity sources — and therefore the qualities and characteristics of the electricity system — depend on where we live in the country.
This report looks at the extent to which oilsands production and exports are affecting Canada’s economy, and explores the longer-term economic implications of increased reliance on oilsands expansion to support economic growth and generate public revenue.
Weakening regulations could reduce their effectiveness by more than half Federal government being pressured to weaken coal-fired power regulations
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.
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.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation fuel policy The European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive and implications for Canadian oilsands producers
This backgrounder explains the details of a proposed European Union fuel-quality directive and outlines the potential implications for Canada’s oilsands sector and overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels.
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.
Pipeline and Tanker Trouble The impact to British Columbia's communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport
This report highlights the environmental risks associated with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry more than half a million barrels of raw oilsands crude oil (known as bitumen) daily across important salmon-bearing rivers, coastal rainforests, and sensitive marine waters in British Columbia.
The Calgary Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan provides direction on how to reduce community-wide GHG emissions in Calgary in a focused and strategic way, over the short and long term.
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