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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.
An analysis of federal financial support for the oil sector, looking at both economic benefits and how they are countered by environmental impacts.
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.
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evaluation of the Government of Canada's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies Prepared for the Climate Change Performance Index 2012
This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2012. The index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe, ranks countries' performance in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Full information on the index, including countries' rankings, is available here.
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.
This note provides a general overview of the issues on the table at the annual UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, and assesses the Government of Canada's positions heading into the talks.
To reach a Pembina Institute spokesperson regarding the Durban climate change conference, see the media advisory.
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.
Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management Two decades of ineffective policies have left their mark on the Canadian landscape
Filling the proposed KXL pipeline with oilsands will result in nearly a 50 per cent increase in oilsands production. Until environmental management of the oilsands is improved, KXL will cause significant environmental harm due to increased oilsands production.
These briefing materials provide a summary on the impact of oilsands development on land, species at risk, First Nations, water and tailings and greenhouse gases.
Oilsands and climate change How Canada's oilsands are standing in the way of effective climate action
The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline issued by the U.S. Department of State overlooked key information and context on greenhouse gas emission management in Canada.
This fact sheet and briefing note aim to supplement the dialogue by providing key information on oilsands emissions growth, future oilsands intensity improvements, and the climate policies in effect in Canada at the provincial and federal levels.
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.
The Pembina Institute was very concerned to see the Alberta Utilities Commission's June 30, 2011 decision to approve Maxim Power Corp.'s application to construct a new coal plant before proposed federal coal regulations take effect in 2015. This letter to Environment Minister Peter Kent requests a review of that approval.
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.
The sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada based on the most recent data, for 2009 and compared to 1990.
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