Carolyn KimSenior Director, Communities & Decarbonization Group

Carolyn Kim is the senior director of the Pembina Institute's communities and decarbonization group. She brings 15 years of policy and planning experience from the public, private and non-government sectors to the role. Carolyn is a skilled collaborator, bringing organizations together to accelerate low-carbon solutions in Canadian cities and communities. In 2019, Carolyn initiated Pembina’s Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative to tackle freight emissions.

Carolyn is a registered planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ryerson University. She currently serves on Blue Green Canada’s board of directors.

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Carolyn Kim's Recent Publications

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Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles Program Pembina Institute comments and recommendations

Publication May 16, 2022- By Carolyn Kim
MHDVs are a significant contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Freight trucks currently account for nearly 35% of Canada’s transport sector emissions, and nearly 10% of Canada’s overall emissions. Financial incentives are crucial in reducing one of the main barriers to electric vehicle adoption: high upfront purchase prices.

Recommendations to strengthen the Clean Fuel Regulations Submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada

Publication April 27, 2022- By Carolyn Kim, Bora Plumptre
The Clean Fuel Regulations have tremendous potential to drive down Canada’s GHG emissions. This note provides an evaluation of the GHG emission impact of ECCC’s March 2022 update to the draft Clean Fuel Regulation. It then proposes recommended actions to increase the GHG emission reduction potential of the policy by 2030.

Climate Policy Leadership in Ontario The Pembina Institute’s recommendations to future leaders

Publication April 26, 2022- By Carolyn Kim, Betsy Agar, Saeed Kaddoura, Cedric Smith
Ontario’s electoral candidates have many options for policy change and incentives to pursue as they build their party platforms and consider how they will lead Ontario for the next four years.
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New federal Clean Fuel Standard headed in the wrong direction

Op-ed March 24, 2022- By Carolyn Kim

Canada is in a worldwide competition to attract the capital needed to meet the challenge of net-zero, and yet we are headed in the wrong direction with the current design of the new federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). It should be a market driver for non-fossil fuels. Instead, if adopted as written, it would act as a de facto subsidy for the fossil fuel sector.

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Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative Impact Report 2021: A Year in Review

Publication Feb. 17, 2022- By Carolyn Kim

To help businesses and fleet operators test and scale up short-haul, return-to-base ZEVs in Canadian cities, the Pembina Institute and UDSI partners developed tools and resources, and conducted research to inform public policies and best practices. We also convened public events that brought together industry, NGOs, government, innovators, and academia and cultivated a community of practice for sustainable urban freight in Canada. Read more about our 2021 successes in our Impact Report.


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