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This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies How communities in the global south are coping with climate change
Five case studies show how communities in the global south are adapting to climate change. The case studies focus on:
• Drought-affected communities in Kenya
• Chronic food insecurity in Zimbabwe
• Adapting agriculture to extreme weather in Bolivia
• Environmental stress & risk assessment in Indonesia
• National Adaptation Plans of Action in Malawi and Niger
This briefing note outlines key information about greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oilsands today and in the future. Recent attention to the issue of greenhouse gases in Canada and the U.S. prompted the Pembina Institute to outline key issues in more detail.
The views of more than 5,000 sustainability thought leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Europe are outlined in The 2010 Global Thought Leader Survey on Sustainability.
This updated backgrounder explains why Canada should support global climate action at the G8 and G20 summits in June.
In May 2010 U.S. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman published a draft piece of legislation called the American Power Act, which would set U.S. national greenhouse gas emission targets and establish an economy-wide cap-and-trade system. This briefing note describes some of the provisions of particular significance for Canada.
An open letter sent from a coalition of environmental groups to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama calls on both leaders to honour their commitments to act on climate change at the G8 and G20 meetings this summer.
Pembina's analysis of the recent controversy over the work of climate scientists finds that the science of climate change remains rigorous, providing a credible and compelling basis for policy decisions.
In this letter, representatives of four leading international development and environmental organizations ask the Government of Canada to fulfill its commitment to provide new funding to support action on climate change in developing countries.
Evaluation of Federal Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies Prepared for the 2010 Climate Change Performance Index
This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2010, which ranks countries' performance in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Full information on the index, including countries' rankings, is available here.
This briefing note outlines how Canada could use a portion of cap-and-trade revenues to finance support for climate adaptation in vulnerable countries.
More than 15,000 participants — including over 60 heads of state and government — plan to take part in the two-week climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark this December. This backgrounder provides an overview of recent developments in the international climate negotiations, the agenda of the Copenhagen conference, information on some of the major issues on the table, and an outline of Canada's positions and track record at the talks to date.
Our "Climate at a Crossroads" fact sheet explains the international climate negotiations process, including where Canada stands on the world stage, and the key elements of a global climate agreement.
"Climate Change Science and Impacts" provides an overview of the latest research on how climate change is affecting our world, and how an average increase of 2˚C would affect Canada.
Le compte à rebours vers Copenhague Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information
Aspects scientifiques et conséquences prévues Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information
Powerpoint presentation highlighting Canada's role in the international climate negotiations and critiquing domestic policies and performance on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emisions.
Protection climatique, prospérité économique Étude sur les conséquences économiques de la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et sur les mesures à̀ adopter par le Canada — rapport final
Cette étude démontre que le Canada peut atteindre ses objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre tout en ayant un marché de l’emploi et une économie en croissance.
Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity Final Report on an Economic Study of Greenhouse Gas Targets and Policies for Canada
Study shows Canada can meet global-warming reduction targets while growing jobs and economy.
Exploration of Two Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets 25% Below 1990 and 20% Below 2006 Levels by 2020
M. K. Jaccard and Associates reviewed the feasibility and cost of two levels of greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Canada for the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute.
Bill C-311, An Act to ensure Canada assumes its responsibilities in preventing dangerous climate change Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development
Full text of the presentation by Matthew Bramley to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, October 29, 2009 concerning Bill C-311, the federal Climate Change Accountability Act.
The final report of the Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change outlines the work done at the summit, the final declaration of the participants, and their plans for action.
The declaration from the August 2009 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change highlights four areas of concern about the progress of climate change issues and upcoming negotiations and concludes with a call for action..
With the deadline to reach a new global climate deal now less than six months away, climate change is expected to form a significant part of the agenda at the G8 Leaders’ Summit in Italy this July.
This backgrounder covers the major climate issues on the table at this year’s G8 Leaders’ Summit. It includes three sections: (A) context, (B) expectations of G8 countries, and (C) Canada’s role as host of the 2010 G8 summit.
Declaration of U.S. and Canadian Environmental and Conservation Leaders on U.S.-Canada Cooperation on Climate, Energy, and Natural Areas Conservation
On June 2, 2009, leaders from the major U.S. and Canadian environmental and conservation organizations met outside Washington, D.C. to discuss solutions and areas for coordination. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss common climate, energy and natural areas conservation issues recognizing the integration of U.S. and Canadian economies and our mutual need for clean energy job creation.
Canada has a narrow window of opportunity to play a constructive role in this year’s pivotal UN climate negotiations. Committing to provide our "fair share" of the financing that poorer countries need would be a huge step in the right direction.
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