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.

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Jan Gorski's Recent Publications

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Getting on Track A primer on challenges to reducing carbon emissions in Canada’s oilsands

Publication March 1, 2022- By Eyab Al-Aini, Chris Severson-Baker, Jan Gorski

Canada's carbon-intensive oil and gas sector must significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and must also confront the prospect of a decline in demand for its product over the long term. Oilsands producers now rely on technologies to meet reduction targets that likely won’t be scalable and affordable until after 2030; however, the sector as a whole is better positioned than other parts of the economy to meet or exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction targets.

Why Canada can meet its oil and gas emissions targets Existing technology can achieve deep emission cuts

Op-ed June 19, 2022- By Jan Gorski
Despite reports to the contrary, the Canadian oil and gas sector does have the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it produces to the levels set out in Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan. This is not only imperative to meeting our climate targets and international obligations, but critical in order for the industry to remain competitive in a global marketplace that’s shifting away from oil and increasingly placing value on low-carbon energy.

Reducing methane emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sector Submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada

Publication May 31, 2022- By Jan Gorski, Tom Green, Shareen Yawanarajah, Jonathan Banks
The Pembina Institute, David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Clean Air Task Force offer comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada on the development of new policy to meet and exceed Canada’s commitment to address methane emissions. Rapidly tackling methane will be crucial to achieving milestone emission reductions during this decade, thereby making important early progress towards Canada’s 2030 target (of a 45% emissions reduction from 2005 levels).
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Decarbonizing Canada’s oil and gas supply Cutting the sector’s emissions by 2030 is key to reaching net-zero by 2050

Publication March 21, 2022- By Jan Gorski, Janetta McKenzie

The oil and gas sector, as the single largest contributor to Canada’s emissions, has the ability to make or break the country’s climate promises. We are calling for the Government of Canada's upcoming Emissions Reduction Plan to include an ambitious cap on oil and gas sector emissions (a 45% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030). Our report released this week shows the six areas where GHG reductions could be made, using technology and funds that the sector already has available.

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Towards a Clean Atlantic Grid Clean energy technologies for reliable, affordable electricity generation in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Publication Jan. 20, 2022- By Jan Gorski, Binnu Jeyakumar

As Canada phases out coal power, other energy sources must replace it. This study shows that in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the clear winner is clean energy: a mix of resources (portfolios of renewables, battery storage, etc.) provide the same consistency of services as new gas or nuclear power plants, but at a lower cost. To provide reliable, affordable electricity and new jobs, both provinces should target clean energy portfolios for their next investments.


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