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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.

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.

Competing in Clean Energy

Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy

Competing in Clean Energy

Published Jan. 22, 2013

By Dan Woynillowicz, Penelope Comette, Ed Whittingham

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. 

Behind the Wheel

Opportunities for Canadians to drive less, reduce pollution and save money

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.

In the Shadow of the Boom

How oilsands development is reshaping Canada’s economy

In the Shadow of the Boom

Published May 30, 2012

By Dan Woynillowicz, Nathan Lemphers

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.

Oilsands, heavy crudes, and the EU fuel-quality directive

Published March 20, 2012

By P.J. Partington, Marc Huot

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.

Recommendations to Improve B.C.’s Carbon Neutral Requirements

Published Feb. 29, 2012

By David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, Forest Ethics, West Coast Environmental Law, Tides Canada

The carbon neutral requirements have been, and continue to be, a source of benefits and concern in British Columbia. Addressing the concerns will produce better outcomes, increase public trust and provide a better knowledge base to inform future changes in the policy. Leaving them unaddressed will undermine support for climate action within the public sector and climate policy more braodly in the province.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation fuel policy

The European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive and implications for Canadian oilsands producers

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation fuel policy

Published Feb. 22, 2012

By Pembina Institute

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.

Ontario Feed-in-Tariff: 2011 Review

Published Dec. 14, 2011

By Tim Weis, Paul Gipe, Green Energy Act Alliance, Shine ONtario

In response to the government's two-year feed-in tariff (FIT) review process, the Green Energy Act Alliance and Shine Ontario Association have joined forces to present a clear path for renewable energy in Ontario.

Analysis of Ontario political platforms

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis, Cherise Burda, Sachi Gibson

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.

Frequently asked questions about green energy in Ontario

Published Sept. 20, 2011

By Tim Weis

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.

Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

Published July 14, 2011

By Matthew Bramley

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.

Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options

Published July 6, 2011

By Tim Weis, P.J. Partington

Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options examines how scaling back Ontario's plans to develop renewable energy would affect electricity prices, using an integrated energy system simulator to compare two main scenarios.

Measuring British Columbians’ perspectives on climate change and carbon taxes

Published June 30, 2011

By Matt Horne

The questions and responses used to measure British Columbians' opinions about the carbon tax.

Measuring the appetite for climate action in British Columbia

British Columbians’ perspectives on climate change and carbon taxes

Measuring the appetite for climate action in British Columbia

Published June 30, 2011

By Matt Horne

British Columbians support carbon taxes and are confident that taking action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution will help grow, or have little or no impact on, the provincial economy according to our latest poll.

Harvesting clean energy on Ontario farms

A transatlantic comparison

Harvesting clean energy on Ontario farms

Published June 27, 2011

By Pembina Institute et al., Tim Weis, Kristi Anderson

This report explores significant opportunities for Ontario farmers to benefit from investments in renewable energy on their farms.

Written in collaboration with the Pembina Institute, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the United Church of Canada and Climate Action Network Canada, the report makes a trans-Atlantic comparison between Germany and Ontario, examining ways in which Ontario farmers could benefit from Ontario clean energy policies and incentives.

Full disclosure

Environmental liabilities in Canada's oilsands: Perspective for investors

Full disclosure

Published June 9, 2011

By Nathan Lemphers, Andrew Logan

Canada's oilsands contain the world's largest remaining deposit of oil that is still open to investment by western oil companies. As such, the oilsands are crucial to the long-term financial future of many of the world's leading oil companies. Yet the economics of oilsands extraction, even at today's relatively high prices, are fairly marginal, and a lack of disclosure by companies may be making the financial picture look better than it actually is.

Published April 26, 2011

By David Suzuki Foundation, Matt Horne, Pembina Institute, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Greenpeace, Sierra Club of Canada, Forest Ethics, West Coast Environmental Law, Climate Action Network-Canada

Letter to Premier Christy Clark from a coalition of environmental groups in support of commitments made during her BC Liberal leadership campaign to reduce carbon emissions and establish British Columbia as a leader in the clean energy sector.

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