Jan GorskiProgram Director, Oil & Gas

Jan Gorski is the director of the Pembina Institute's oil and gas program, based out of Calgary. He is working to advance climate and energy policy across Canada in collaboration with diverse stakeholders in the oil and gas sector including industry, governments, and civil society. He has experience in policy development, emissions and energy modelling, and represents the Institute externally on numerous committees and other fora.

Prior to working at the Pembina Institute, Jan was a project engineer for Clearstone Engineering where he led domestic and international emissions measurement and reduction studies in the oil and gas sector. Jan holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, both from Carleton University.

Jan spends much of his spare time either on a bicycle or exploring the Rocky Mountains, sometimes both at the same time.

Contact Jan Gorski

work: 403-269-3344 ext.111 • email: jang@pembina.org

Jan Gorski's Recent Publications

Waiting to Launch, Third Quarter 2022 Update The gap between Canadian oilsands companies’ climate pledges and actions

Publication Nov. 10, 2022- By Jan Gorski, Eyab Al-Aini
This report serves as a brief update to our September 2022 publication, Waiting to Launch: The gap between Canadian oilsands companies’ climate pledges and actions. While profits in Q3 were not as exceptionally high as in Q2 (due to slightly diminished global oil prices), 2022 remains on track to be a historic year for the oilsands companies in terms of revenues, profits and free cashflow.
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Options to cap and cut oil and gas sector greenhouse gas emissions Submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada

Publication Sept. 29, 2022- By Janetta McKenzie, Scott MacDougall, Jan Gorski, Eyab Al-Aini
This submission outlines the Pembina Institute’s comments and recommendations to the Government of Canada on its two proposed options to cap oil and gas emissions. Oil and gas production remains Canada’s largest source of emissions, and unlike some other industrial sectors, its emissions have continued to grow in recent years — by 19% between 2005 and 2019. To do its fair share, Canada’s oil and gas sector must also reduce its emissions by 45% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Waiting to Launch The gap between Canadian oilsands companies’ climate pledges and actions

Publication Sept. 23, 2022- By Jan Gorski, Eyab Al-Aini
Canadian oil and gas companies’ free cashflow is estimated to reach $152 billion in 2022. This is the highest level of profits the industry has ever seen. However, for the first time, this boom is not being accompanied by new projects in Alberta’s oilsands sector, or a significant expansion of jobs. It is also not being invested in decarbonization efforts to align with the emissions reduction pledges of the Pathways Alliance, an industry grouping formed in 2021.
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Why the federal oil and gas emissions cap is a win for Albertans Oilsands will only stay competitive if sector gets cleaner

Op-ed Aug. 31, 2022- By Jan Gorski
Forthcoming federal regulations aimed at capping and cutting sector emissions would both future-proof the oil and gas sector for the low-carbon competition of the near future, and satisfy the federal government’s climate wishes. Our research shows not only that the emissions reductions are achievable, but also that the sector has all the technology and funds it needs to get started right away; all that is missing was increased certainty in the investment environment.

Success in Eliminating Methane in Alberta’s Peace River Region Case study: Strong rules can bring methane emissions from venting to near-zero, without impacting levels of oil and gas production

Publication Aug. 25, 2022- By Jared Connoy, Janetta McKenzie, Jan Gorski
This study, based on a real-world example of methane policy in one specific region of Alberta, shows that strong methane regulations can achieve near-zero emissions, without having any negative impact on levels of production in the oil and gas industry. Rapidly tackling methane — which has almost 100 times the warming impact of carbon dioxide — is crucial to staving off serious near-term impacts of warming.


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