Erin Flanagan is the director of the Pembina Institute's federal policy program. She researches and advocates for policies that reduce the environmental impacts of fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects, and that support Canada's transition to clean energy. As a technical analyst at the Institute, Erin contributed to public- and private-sector projects on a range of issues in the oilsands, including greenhouse gas and water management, land-use planning, tailings treatment and reclamation. Her analysis has appeared in outlets such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post and the New York Times. As a frequent spokesperson for the Institute, she appears regularly on CBC, Global and CTV news and current affairs television programs.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering with a minor in public policy from the University of New Brunswick. Her contributions to technical and humanitarian issues have been highlighted by organizations including the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.
Erin Flanagen is available for speaking engagements.
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Erin Flanagan's Recent Publications
When embarking on this process to create a pan-Canadian plan, Prime Minister Trudeau placed a bet on a negotiated approach getting the country further in the long run than Ottawa going it alone. It’s safe to say now that his bet paid off. This will be especially important to remember as our political leaders transition this agenda into 2017, with the heavy lifting of policy implementation and increased ambition still ahead.
If Friday’s first ministers’ meeting sees the release of additional policy measures and an accountability mechanism to ensure more progress is made with time, the federal government could rightly say it has brought legitimacy to its “Canada is back” tagline.
This report illustrates the environmental and health benefits of a national accelerated coal phase-out. A national phase-out no later than 2030 would more than double the health benefits compared to the existing 2012 federal regulation.
The upcoming pan-Canadian climate plan must include a phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030 at the latest. Phasing out coal-fired power is not just an environmental issue – it’s a significant health issue affecting all Canadians that has a tangible impact on our economy.
As a developed nation and Party to the Paris Agreement, Canada should immediately operationalize its international legal commitment to long-term, deep decarbonization with a national strategy to accelerate the phase out coal-fired electricity.