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Questions and answers on building an effective climate strategy for Alberta.
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.
Developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is currently the main focus of the British Columbia government. This paper examines the role of natural gas in the transition to a low-carbon future.
British Columbia intends to introduce new carbon pollution rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects proposed in the province. This backgrounder reviews the sources of carbon pollution from LNG and shale gas development, the opportunities to reduce those emissions, as well as current and emerging climate policies in B.C.
Effectively engaging the local community is a critical first step in any development project, especially for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, as CCS is relatively new and unknown to most stakeholders.
A summary of how Alberta’s key climate policy, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, currently functions and can be improved going forward.
An analysis of federal financial support for the oil sector, looking at both economic benefits and how they are countered by environmental impacts.
The results and summary of April 2014 opinion research on British Columbians' opinions of climate change and clean energy.
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.
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.
This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development documents relating to oil and gas sector greenhouse gas regulations.
The Pembina Institute has analyzed the draft Integrated Resource Plan provided by BC Hydro.
This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
There are several opportunities for the Town of Faro, Yukon, to reduce energy demand, use energy more effectively, and switch to cleaner fuels, both in the community and in municipal operations. These opportunities were discussed in a community energy workshop, and several suggestions are made in this report.
This slideshow explores how oilsands development and expansion impacts some of the Aboriginal communities living nearby.
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.
Net Greenhouse Gas Impact of Storing CO2 Through Enhanced Oil Recovery An analysis of on-site and downstream GHG emissions from CO2-EOR crude oil production in Western Canada
ICO2N commissioned the Pembina Institute to analyze the greenhouse gas impact of storing CO2 through the process of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The analysis looked at five different scenarios for quantifying CO2 emissions — both emissions associated with operating an EOR site as well as those associated with the oil that is produced.
This report a number of metrics of oilsands production on a per-barrel basis, including land disturbance, air emissions, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and tailings production.
An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.
A province-wide Alberta wetland policy should ensure that wetlands are protected proactively. This backgrounder documents how this can be done.
In 2011 the Pembina Institute released Solving the Puzzle — our report outlining 19 policy solutions for responsible oilsands development. Here we evaluate progress to 2013 on implementing the solutions presented in that report.
Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) is due for renewal in 2014, and the Government of Alberta is currently considering revisions to the regulation. A stronger SGER would help Alberta reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance social license to operate for sectors, such as the oilsands, that face continued scrutiny of environmental performance.
This briefing note outlines the Pembina Institute's perspective on how Alberta needs to strengthen its greenhouse gas regulations.
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.
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.
A group of leading companies engaged with the Pembina Institute in 2012 to review the history of renewable energy activity in the oil and gas sector, share experiences, extract the opportunities, barriers and enablers, and draw some conclusions for how to move this area forward.
In September 2012, the Pembina Institute convened a Shale Gas Thought Leader Forum, bringing together a group of 72 stakeholders to discuss environmental concerns related to shale gas development in Canada. This is the pre-read for and the proceedings from that forum.
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.
A joint federal and provincial review panel will conduct hearings this fall into a proposal to expand Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine. The Pembina Institute is opposing the project as a member of the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC), which includes the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and is represented by Ecojustice.
The Pembina Institute's concerns about the proposed Jackpine mine expansion include impacts to wildlife, wetlands and forests, air quality, acid deposition, water use and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a pursuit to uncover the relevance of the current regulatory environment in the province for water use and disposal in the oil and gas industry for shale gas extraction, this report shows that, in many cases, B.C.'s current approach to resource management and environmental protection are not adequate to deal with new pressures introduced by the anticipated pace of shale gas development.
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