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British Columbia’s carbon tax has been in place for six years and all available evidence indicates it has been successful. This backgrounder explores B.C.’s experience with the carbon tax.
Developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is currently the main focus of the British Columbia government. This paper examines the role of natural gas in the transition to a low-carbon future.
British Columbia intends to introduce new carbon pollution rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects proposed in the province. This backgrounder reviews the sources of carbon pollution from LNG and shale gas development, the opportunities to reduce those emissions, as well as current and emerging climate policies in B.C.
This backgrounder details the results of a polling analysis of British Columbians’ opinions on commitments B.C. has made under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.
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 results and summary of April 2014 opinion research on British Columbians' opinions of climate change and clean energy.
Greening the Goods presents policy options and innovative ideas to improve goods movement in Toronto, cutting costs and emissions and reducing congestion.
This infographic illustrates the supply chain infrastructure that would be needed for B.C.'s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. It highlights sources of carbon pollution and suggests technology solutions that could help to minimize the climate impact.
Wellhead to Waterline Opportunities to limit greenhouse gas emissions from B.C.’s proposed LNG industry
British Columbia is attracting and promoting extensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. This report examines the various sources of greenhouse gas emissions from LNG across the supply chain and proposes some possible technological solutions.
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.
This infographic examines the scale of carbon pollution that would accompany B.C.'s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plan. It illustrates how LNG development could pose a climate challenge nearly as big as the Alberta oilsands by 2020.
Correspondence concerning President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" Received under an Access to Information request
Email correspondence concerning U.S. President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" from staff at Canada's embassy in Washington.
Getting on track for Canada's Climate Target: Designing a technology fund that works for 2020 Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014
Pembina Institute recommendations as part of the Green Budget Coalition on investing oil & gas sector technology funds in emission reductions.
Supporting Global Climate Action: Providing Canada's fair share for developing countries Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014
Pembina Institute recommendations for international climate funding.
This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development documents relating to oil and gas sector greenhouse gas regulations.
This report reviews Canada’s 2010-2012 fast-start financing of initiatives in developing countries to address the impacts of climate change.
This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
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.
Briefing Notes for Minister Joe Oliver in response to IEA's World Energy Outlook 2012 Received under an Access to Information request
Briefing notes prepared by Natural Resources Canada for Minister Joe Oliver, relevant to the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
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.
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.
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.
An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.
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.
Getting on Track for 2020 Recommendations for greenhouse gas regulations in Canada’s oil and gas sector
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.
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.
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.
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.
Letter to BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Re: Renewal of funding for LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program
A letter to the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas to urge its continued support for the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program scheduled to end March 2013.
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.
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.
In September 2012, the Pembina Institute convened a Shale Gas Thought Leader Forum, bringing together a group of 72 stakeholders to discuss environmental concerns related to shale gas development in Canada. This is the pre-read for and the proceedings from that forum.
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.
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.
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