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An analysis of federal financial support for the oil sector, looking at both economic benefits and how they are countered by environmental impacts.
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 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.
This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada based on the most recent data, for 2009 and compared to 1990.
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.
The Pembina Institute commented on the Department of Finance's international climate change funding in this statement, submitted as part of the department's consultation process under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.
Companies, utilities and governments that recognize the benefits of green power have developed policies and programs to offer, encourage or require green power. This report examines green power in Canada in 2007.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to Environment Canada, requesting correspondence on the subect of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.
Evaluation of the Government of Canada's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies Prepared for the Climate Change Performance Index 2011
This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2011. 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 at http://www.germanwatch.org/ccpi.htm.
Tackling emissions from industry Federal regulation of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and the implications for Canada
In the face of new regulations on large industrial facilities along with significant uncertainty posed by legal and legislative challenges in the U.S., Canada urgently needs to implement a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction plan of its own.
Access to Information on Environment Canada's interim energy, emissions and economic reference cases
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to Environment Canada, requesting correspondence concerning any "reference case" or "business as usual" projections of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to the Foreign Affairs department, requesting correspondence on the subject of Section 526 of the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act — a little known U.S. law, which is intended to reduce the U.S. federal government's reliance on high-carbon fuels.
In advance of the UN climate talks in Cancun in December 2010, this fact sheet looks at opportunities to cut greenhouse gas pollution in Mexico - and at the role that countries like Canada can play in realizing those opportunities.
Existing legislation, ranging from the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to the Species at Risk Act, assigns a clear role to the federal government to ensure industrial development respects environmental limits — regardless of the region in which it takes place.
Duty Calls: Federal responsibility in Canada's oilsands outlines the laws mandating federal involvement in environmental management of the oilsands, and explores what's at stake if Ottawa continues to neglect this responsibility.
Pembina Institute Comments on Canada's Proposed Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Revised July 2010
Pembina's analysis finds the proposed federal regulations for tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light trucks may have little to no effect on reducing climate change pollution.
The Pembina Institute is pleased to take this opportunity to provide comments on the Government of Canada's Consultation Paper entitled Planning for a Sustainable Future: A Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada.
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