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With attractive returns on investment and many different ways to finance energy efficiency upgrades, there really is no reason any condo building couldn’t become more energy efficient. Check out the Green Condo Guide and see how you could start maximizing your condo’s energy- and cost-saving potential.
Questions and answers on building an effective climate strategy for Alberta.
A recording of the Green Building Leaders: Sharing Our Successes 2014 webinar, with presentations from the Green Building Leaders network, including examples from North Cowichan, North Vancouver and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).
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.
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 this 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.
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.
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.
Sustainable Energy for Canada: Strategic Opportunities Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014
As part of the Green Budget Coalition, the Pembina Institute recommended a set of investments into sustainable energy.
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.
This report shows that putting conservation first, and supplementing it with a diversified portfolio of green energy sources, can be more cost-effective for Ontario than renewed investment in nuclear stations.
Research and recommendations for an energy transition plan for the City of Edmonton.
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.
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.
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 fact sheet outlines the benefits of labelling homes with a rating of their energy efficiency. These benefits include rewarding energy efficiency, encouraging upgrades, improving health and comfort and creating jobs.
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.
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.
Local climate action in British Columbia: motivations and policy impacts Research summary & case studies
Six case studies and a powerpoint summary examining the motives behind 12 local government infrastructure projects in British Columbia that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, positively influenced by provincial policies.
The RBC-Pembina Home Location Study examines preferences for housing attributes for residents in the Greater Toronto Area.
An infographic depicting the results of a RBC-Pembina Institute study designed to examine preferences for home location attributes in the GTA.
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.
Pembina Institute comments on Canada’s proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations
Pembina Institute's comments and recommendations for Canada's proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations.
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.
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 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.
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.
Election 2011 survey on the environment Where do the main political parties stand on environmental issues?
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.
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.
This report examines the evidence from a wide range of international and Canadian research on "green" jobs and the economic impacts of climate policies. The report finds that Canada’s governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by continuing with business as usual.
This research report, commissioned by the City of Calgary, identifies and assesses potential options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary.
This is the response local governments received to their letter to the provincial government.
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.
Since Medicine Hat's Hat Smart program began offering incentives for energy efficient upgrades and renewable energy systems in 2008, it has become one of the most successful municipally led programs in Alberta.
Medicine Hat provided rebates for energy efficient air conditioners, furances, clothes washers, energy assessments, new home construction, solar hot water systems and solar electric systems.
Hat Smart attracted very high participation rates in their programs.
Just as buildings must meet minimum energy efficiency or safety requirements, many jurisdictions now require buildings to meet minimum renewable energy requirements.
Eight B.C. local governments have written a letter calling on the province to consider improving energy efficiency and renewable energy standards for homes and buildings.
The six companies profiled in this fact sheet are facing the climate change challenge head-on.
This fact sheet is one of a three-part series that helps to illustrate a world where energy is less polluting, business thrives and jobs are plentiful.
This fact sheet tells the stories of four hypothetical families in B.C. and the changes they can make at home in the next five to 10 years to get ahead of a changing economy and to do their part to help the environment.
It is part of a three-part series that helps to illustrate a world where energy is less polluting, business thrives and jobs are plentiful.
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