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British Columbians' opinions on climate change and clean energy

Published April 24, 2014

By Matt Horne, Kevin Sauvé, James Glave, Tom Pedersen

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

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.

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline

Published Feb. 6, 2014

By Clare Demerse, Erin Flanagan

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

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.

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

Getting on track for Canada's Climate Target: Designing a technology fund that works for 2020

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Clare Demerse

Pembina Institute recommendations as part of the Green Budget Coalition on investing oil & gas sector technology funds in emission reductions.

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Pembina Institute Perspective

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Published Nov. 25, 2013

By Pembina Institute

This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.

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.

Published Nov. 8, 2013

By Greenpeace

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development documents relating to oil and gas sector greenhouse gas regulations.

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.

Losing Ground

Why the problem of oilsands tailings waste keeps growing

Losing Ground

Published Aug. 19, 2013

By Jennifer Grant, Erin Flanagan

This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, including compliance with provincial regulations.

Forecasting the impacts of oilsands expansion

Published June 20, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Eli Angen

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.

Alberta provincial wetland policy

Published May 3, 2013

By Pembina Institute

A province-wide Alberta wetland policy should ensure that wetlands are protected proactively. This backgrounder documents how this can be done.

Solving the Puzzle Progress Update 2013

Published April 29, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

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.

Strengthening Alberta’s greenhouse gas regulations

Published April 19, 2013

By Simon Dyer

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.

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. 

Beneath the Surface

A review of key facts in the oilsands debate

Beneath the Surface

Published Jan. 28, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers

This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production.

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.

Clearing the air on oilsands emissions

The facts about greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands development

Clearing the air on oilsands emissions

Published Nov. 23, 2012

By Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot

This backgrounder provides an overview of how oilsands production and expansion contributes to greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

The case against the proposed Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

Published Oct. 22, 2012

By Pembina Institute et al.

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.

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