Isabelle Turcotte is the director of federal policy at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank, where she supports the execution of the federal climate and energy strategy and plays a leading role in the carbon pricing campaign. Before joining the Institute, Isabelle worked at the Center for Clean Air Policy, a D.C.-based think tank, where she supported efforts to advance cost-effective and pragmatic climate policy. She helped promote dialogue in the U.S. among industry representatives, policy makers, and environmental groups to identify sensible strategies to reducing domestic emissions. Within the international program, she promoted nationally appropriate mitigation actions in developing countries.

Isabelle has also worked at Globerpro, a management consulting firm based in Montreal, where she managed projects and provided advice to foster growth in the clean energy technology markets. She also held positions at National Ecocredit where she quantified emissions reductions for projects and at Ecologic Institute, a German climate think tank.

Isabelle holds a bachelor’s degree in bioresource engineering from McGill University. She also graduated from the Joint European Masters in Environmental Sciences (Germany/Spain).

Isabelle is always on the lookout for German and Spanish speaking folks to share stories and attempt to shape up her language skills, preferably around a Hefeweizen.


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Isabelle Turcotte's Recent Publications

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Increasing climate ambition with output-based pricing Submission: Pembina Institute and David Suzuki Foundation comments and recommendations

Publication
March 30, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte, Tom Green

To maximize emissions reductions, Canada’s output-based pricing system needs to be strengthened. This means rapidly confirming the proposed price increase, delivering a consistent price signal for all provinces, increasing stringency for evaluating provincial systems, applying tightening rates that drive yearly reductions of 6% to 8%, including all sources of emissions, and, importantly, removing electricity from the OBPS and setting a goal of reaching 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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Net-zero by 2050: guiding principles to get it right The surest route to a safe climate puts people first

Blog
March 11, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte

While the “what” of net-zero carbon emissions is seemingly simple, the “how” is much more complex. Infinite scenarios are compatible with reaching net-zero, but not all are compatible with keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Not all will deliver a more inclusive, resilient, and competitive economy. The Pembina Institute shares four principles guiding a safe, inclusive, and effective approach to net-zero pathways. The starting point? Putting people first.

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How to Get Net-Zero Right Principles, tools and steps for safe, inclusive net-zero pathways

Publication
March 11, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte, Nichole Dusyk

Not all pathways to net-zero by 2050 are equal; more emissions now means more warming later. In How to Get Net-Zero Right, the Pembina Institute sets out guiding principles, steps, and tools for success for safe, inclusive pathways to net-zero by 2050. Core principles include putting people first with a greater focus on social justice and inclusion, carbon budgets, early and deep emissions cuts, and defined roles for carbon removal and offsets.

How companies can get net-zero right As the corporate world plans for net-zero emissions by 2050, a few principles should guide our collective thinking

Op-ed
July 2, 2020 - By Isabelle Turcotte

While the federal government is critical in setting the pace, we cannot get to net-zero without leadership from industry and corporations.

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