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
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.
What Canada needs now is a race to the front of the pack on climate action. All provinces and territories can and should do more to reduce their emissions.
Canada’s first ministers’ have made a commitment to establish a pan-Canadian climate plan that allows the country to meet or exceed its 2030 climate goal. Today, we made recommendations to Canada’s first ministers’ on how to achieve that important climate goal.