Jan is a senior analyst with the responsible fossil fuels team at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank.  Prior to joining the Pembina Insitute, Jan worked in consulting on oil and gas emissions. Through this work he gained a thorough understanding of the technical challenges associated with quantifying emissions.
 
He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, both from Carleton University. His graduate research was focused on alternative fuel combustion. He also completed an internship in Stuttgart, Germany, assisting with research at a carbon capture test facility.


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Jan Gorski's Recent Publications

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Connecting provinces for clean electricity grids Regional collaboration to unlock the power of hydro, wind and solar to decarbonize Canada’s economy

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Sept. 17, 2021 - By Jan Gorski, Binnu Jeyakumar, Spencer Williams

Decarbonizing Canada's economy by 2050 requires governments to move quickly to reduce emissions from the electricity sector — starting with a commitment to achieve a net-zero grid by 2035. From coal phase-out to strong carbon pricing, broad policies and measures are key to accelerating supply of clean electricity to meet growing demand. Also key: interprovincial electricity grid connections to make the most of our renewable energy strengths.

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Carbon intensity of blue hydrogen production Accounting for technology and upstream emissions

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Aug. 12, 2021 - By Jan Gorski, Karen Tam Wu, Tahra Jutt

As Canada moves ahead with national strategies to achieve net-zero by 2050, hydrogen is a key element in the plan. New research shows that the climate benefits of blue hydrogen vary widely. Made with natural gas using carbon capture and storage to reduce emissions, the carbon footprint of blue hydrogen depends on the extraction and transportation method of the natural gas, and the production methods used to separate hydrogen from methane.

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The case for raising ambition in curbing methane pollution Higher federal and provincial targets on methane are within reach

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Aug. 4, 2021 - By Jan Gorski

Canada needs to get as close as possible to eliminating methane emissions by the end of this decade to help reach its net-zero goal, and should set a 2030 target of at least 75% below 2012 emission levels. Federal and provincial governments should set more ambitious targets to reduce methane emissions and implement the policies to achieve them. The technologies to drastically cut emissions of this harmful pollutant are commercially available and economic.

Evaluating the benefits of using new technologies to find methane leaks Summary plus full paper

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May 31, 2021 - By Jan Gorski, Dave Risk, Emmaline Atherton

New technologies have the potential to further reduce the cost of finding methane leaks for producers of all sizes through smart design of leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs, the right combination of technologies, and collaboration between producers within the same geographic area. This study conducted multiple simulations to evaluate the impact of alternative technologies on the cost and effectiveness of LDAR, finding cost reductions that in some cases exceeded 50%. 

Delivering on the promise of nature-based carbon offsets Developing a credible offset market depends on the quality and measurement of natural assets

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April 27, 2021 - By Jan Gorski

The valuation and measurement of Canada’s forests, wetlands and peatlands, known as nature-based solutions, can contribute to carbon offset markets, but only with consistent protocols in place.

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