Colton KasteelSenior Analyst

Colton Kasteel is a senior analyst with the Pembina Institute's transportation program. His work focuses on accelerating policy change that scales up clean energy solutions and reduces carbon pollution across the province.

Prior to joining the Institute, Colton worked primarily as a consultant in the social finance sector, providing advisory services to government, venture capital groups, financial institutions, family offices and non-profits. He also brings experience in grassroots organizing and local climate policy development, as well as having previously led and participated in B.C. youth delegations to UN forums on climate change and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He holds a bachelor of international economics from the University of British Columbia.

Colton is originally from Yellowknife, and calls both B.C. and the N.W.T. home.

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Colton Kasteel's Recent Publications

Electric School Buses The benefits to British Columbians and options for accelerating the transition

Publication July 18, 2022- By Colton Kasteel, Dunsky Energy & Climate Advisors
Climate solution: Electric school buses mitigate climate change, reduce harmful health effects on children and drivers, reduce maintenance and fuel costs, and offer a quieter driving experience. British Columbia should set a target of near 100% zero emission buses by 2030 and develop a strategic roadmap for accelerating their adoption.
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How to Lighten the Climate Load Technology and policy options to decarbonize B.C.’s heaviest trucks

Publication Nov. 1, 2021- By Colton Kasteel, Maddy Ewing

Heavy-duty vehicles are difficult to decarbonize, and the heaviest of heavy trucks – weighing between almost 53,000 and 63,500 kg – are especially challenging due to their high energy demands, small business ownership, and typically small profit margins. This report assesses the viability of emerging technology and fuel options, as well as the programs and regulations that support the decarbonization of the heaviest trucks in British Columbia and the transportation sector more broadly.

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First Nation leadership in British Columbia’s renewable energy future Finding a path forward

Publication Aug. 11, 2021- By Dave Lovekin, Colton Kasteel, Madeleine Whitestone

Supporting Indigenous leadership in B.C.’s renewable energy sector is critical to meeting B.C.’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2007 levels in 2030, and to advance reconciliation with Indigenous People.


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