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Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy How Energy East and the oilsands affect climate and energy objectives
This report outlines key considerations and corresponding recommendations for provincial and territorial leaders as they convene to discuss a Canadian Energy Strategy.
What happens when location-related costs are added to the “sticker price” of a home? This report approaches that question through the eyes of four Toronto-area homebuyers, who have been used as case studies.
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.
This report by the Pembina Institute and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) examines homebuyers’ preferences for home location attributes in the Greater Toronto Area. It presents the findings of a survey conducted by Environics Research Group in May 2014.
A report comparing rapid transit in five of Canada’s largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
Who’s ready to fight traffic with transit? An analysis of GTHA transit investment platforms from Ontario’s political parties
Reducing traffic and building more rapid transit are top priorities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This is an updated analysis of the positions taken by Ontario's four major political parties with regards to expanding rapid transit.
A report providing a basic overview of emission mitigation opportunities in the cement industry with a particular focus on alternative fuel use in Ontario.
This infographic summarizes the benefits of investing in transit for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Greening the Goods presents policy options and innovative ideas to improve goods movement in Toronto, cutting costs and emissions and reducing congestion.
Who's on track for rapid transit? An interim analysis of GTHA transit plans from Ontario’s major political parties
Reducing traffic and building more rapid transit are top priorities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This is a preliminary analysis of the positions taken by the three parties in Ontario’s legislature with regards to expanding rapid transit.
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Priced Out explores the factors contributing to rising home prices in the Greater Toronto Area, and how homebuyers are being “priced out” of location-efficient options.
Housing prices have been rising in the Greater Toronto Area in large part because of the limited supply of single-family homes in desirable, established neighbourhoods. This policy supplement presents eight policy solutions to encourage family-friendly housing options in these neighbourhoods.
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.
This report shows that putting conservation first, and supplementing it with a diversified portfolio of green energy sources, can be more cost-effective for Ontario than renewed investment in nuclear stations.
Live Where You Go identifies five policy tools that could be put in place now to encourage more location-efficient development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
A companion to the Live Where You Go report, this case study compares housing and transportation costs in seven different locations across the GTA.
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.
Drivers’ Choice Options to manage gridlock and fund rapid transit in the GTA: Public opinion survey and policy options
This report investigates a variety of policy options designed to reduce the growing rate of congestion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and/or to help finance construction of rapid transit in the region. It presents a poll of drivers in the GTA, and explores in-depth some of the policy options offered in the survey.
Survey results suggest that drivers in the Greater Toronto Area would be interested in taking rapid transit if it were available to them, and favour LRT and subway equally.
An analysis of proposed transit plans in Toronto in February 2012.
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.
ENGO and Conservation Group Outreach on Biomass Position and rationale regarding the use of biomass for electricity/heat production
This report, prepared for Environment Canada, summarizes the opinion and feedback from a spectrum of Canadian eNGOs and conservation organizations around the use of forest-based biomass for energy production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submission to the Joint Review Panel Hearing for the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant.
This report, prepared by the Pembina Institute on behalf of the Ontario group Safe and Green Energy (SAGE), examines the Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the option of building a new nuclear power plant at the site of the existing Darlington nuclear facility.
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.
Mayor Ford and the Province of Ontario have agreed on a new transit plan for Toronto, combining a revision of the provincially-funded light rail transit plan with a privately-financed Sheppard subway. This is the Pembina Institute's analysis of this proposed plan and our recommendations to improve the plan.
Putting Transportation on Track in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area A survey of road and rail emissions comparisons
This report compares air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road and rail transportation, and applies those findings to Toronto's transit options. The report confirms that smog in the GTHA could be reduced significantly by moving car commuters to rail, such as LRT and subway, and freight trucks to freight trains.
Making Tracks to Torontonians examines the costs and benefits of the subway extension proposed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in December 2010, compared to the light rail transit plan that is already underway.
Bridging the Gulf Changing the way Ontarians commute will cut oil demand, protect the environment and save money
Bridging the Gulf highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ongoing ecological impacts from oilsands development. It focuses exclusively on personal transportation — how Ontarians get around every day — and presents five key actions to reduce oil demand based on policy changes that are already underway in the province.
This Renewable is Doable report outlines how Ontario could save money by replacing the retiring Pickering nuclear station with green energy options.
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
Pembina Institute Comments on Canada's Proposed Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Revised July 2010
Pembina's analysis finds the proposed federal regulations for tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light trucks may have little to no effect on reducing climate change pollution.
Geoexchange systems, also known as low-temperature or shallow geothermal systems, utilize the constant temperature just below the earth's surface to heat and cool buildings. These types of systems use mature, proven technologies and have been successfully used around the world for years. They are extremely efficient, providing three to four units of free energy for every one unit of energy consumed. Geoexchange systems can be used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and have many technical, environmental and economic benefits.
What are Canada's large cities doing to encourage low-carbon choices for personal transportation? Canada's Coolest Cities sets out to answer this question through case studies of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
"What are Canada's large cities doing to encourage low-carbon choices for personal transportation?" Canada's Coolest Cities set out to answer this question through case studies of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
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