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Correspondence concerning President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test"

Received under an Access to Information request

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs)

Email correspondence concerning U.S. President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" from staff at Canada's embassy in Washington.

Supporting Global Climate Action: Providing Canada's fair share for developing countries

Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014

Supporting Global Climate Action: Providing Canada's fair share for developing countries

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Clare Demerse

Pembina Institute recommendations for international climate funding.

Protecting our Common Future

An Assessment of Canada’s Fast-Start Climate Financing

Protecting our Common Future

Published Oct. 28, 2013

By Pembina Institute et al.

This report reviews Canada’s 2010-2012 fast-start financing of initiatives in developing countries to address the impacts of climate change.

Context for climate action in Canada

Published Oct. 9, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.

Published Aug. 26, 2013

By Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)

Briefing notes prepared by Natural Resources Canada for Minister Joe Oliver, relevant to the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

Carbon Pricing Approaches

In oil and gas producing jurisdictions

Carbon Pricing Approaches

Published Feb. 25, 2013

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington

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. 

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. 

The climate implications of the proposed Keystone XL oilsands pipeline

Published Jan. 17, 2013

By Nathan Lemphers

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.

UN climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar

Published Nov. 26, 2012

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

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.

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.

Challenges to exporting Canadian oilsands crude overseas

An overview of significant short-term barriers and market uncertainties facing Canadian oilsands exports

Challenges to exporting Canadian oilsands crude overseas

Published Feb. 24, 2012

By Nathan Lemphers

There are several barriers that make exporting Canadian oilsands to overseas markets (and most notably Asian markets) a challenging prospect in the near future.

This briefing note discusses the most likely options to transport oilsands beyond the American Midwest, where the export market is currently saturated with oilsands exports and new Bakken shale oil production. These options include additional pipelines to the West (Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain) and to the East (Enbridge Trailbreaker), as well as rail transport.

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.

UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa

Published Nov. 24, 2011

By Matt Horne, P.J. Partington

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.

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.

Comparing the Offshore Drilling Regulatory Regimes of the Canadian Arctic, the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway

Published June 22, 2011

By Peggy Holroyd, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg, Benjamin Thibault, Randy Lucas, Chris Severson-Baker, Steve Kennett, James Leaton, Ben Wheeler

This report compares Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulatory regime with the regimes of the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway. The study was initiated by the National Energy Board as part of its Arctic Offshore Drilling Review.

Published June 22, 2011

By Peggy Holroyd, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg, Benjamin Thibault, Randy Lucas, Chris Severson-Baker, Steve Kennett, James Leaton, Ben Wheeler

This document summarizes the key information contained in a report comparing Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulatory regime with the regimes of the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway.

Federal election 2011: A checklist for clean energy success

Published April 1, 2011

By Pembina Institute

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.

Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs

The effects of climate policies on employment

Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs

Published March 15, 2011

By Clare Demerse

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.

Submission to the Department of Finance on transparency in 2010 climate change financing

Published Feb. 18, 2011

By Pembina Institute, Clare Demerse

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.

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