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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

The Cross-Canada Impacts of Developing the Oil and Gas Industry of the Energy Sector

Published March 27, 2014

By Sarah Dobson

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

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.

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline

Published Feb. 6, 2014

By Clare Demerse, Erin Flanagan

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Pembina Institute Perspective

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Published Nov. 25, 2013

By Pembina Institute

This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.

Booms, busts and bitumen

The economic implications of Canadian oilsands development

Booms, busts and bitumen

Published Nov. 13, 2013

By Steven Guilbeault, Sarah Dobson, Nathan Lemphers

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.

Published Nov. 8, 2013

By Greenpeace

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development documents relating to oil and gas sector greenhouse gas regulations.

Losing Ground

Why the problem of oilsands tailings waste keeps growing

Losing Ground

Published Aug. 19, 2013

By Jennifer Grant, Erin Flanagan

This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, including compliance with provincial regulations.

Survey of Complaints Received by Relevant Authorities Regarding Operating Wind Energy in Alberta

Published July 26, 2013

By Benjamin Thibault, Tim Weis, Eli Angen

Documents formal complaints regarding wind energy made to the most likely authorities in Alberta to receive such complaints.

Clean Electricity in Alberta

Thought Leader Forum: A Made-in-Alberta Proposal to Green the Grid

Clean Electricity in Alberta

Published July 23, 2013

By Tim Weis, Benjamin Thibault, Duncan Kenyon

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

Net Greenhouse Gas Impact of Storing CO2 Through Enhanced Oil Recovery

Published June 21, 2013

By Matt McCulloch, Rich Wong, Adam Goehner

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.

Forecasting the impacts of oilsands expansion

Published June 20, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Eli Angen

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.

Alberta provincial wetland policy

Published May 3, 2013

By Pembina Institute

A province-wide Alberta wetland policy should ensure that wetlands are protected proactively. This backgrounder documents how this can be done.

Solving the Puzzle Progress Update 2013

Published April 29, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

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.

Strengthening Alberta’s greenhouse gas regulations

Published April 19, 2013

By Simon Dyer

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.

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.

A Costly Diagnosis

Subsidizing coal power with Albertans' health

A Costly Diagnosis

Published March 26, 2013

By Tim Weis, Kristi Anderson, Benjamin Thibault, Beth Nanni, Farrah Khan, Noah Farber

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 Approaches

In oil and gas producing jurisdictions

Carbon Pricing Approaches

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. 

Beneath the Surface

A review of key facts in the oilsands debate

Beneath the Surface

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.

Renewable Energy Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Sector

Published Jan. 21, 2013

By Dave Lovekin, Jason Switzer, Kelly Finigan

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.

The climate implications of the proposed Keystone XL oilsands pipeline

Published Jan. 17, 2013

By Nathan Lemphers

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.

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