Karen Tam Wu is the regional director of British Columbia at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. She is also a member of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council.

Through cross-sectoral consultation and engagement, Karen leads initiatives to advance clean energy solutions and improve energy efficiency in B.C. and across Canada. Previously, Karen worked with First Nations, communities, government, and industry on important conservation initiatives in B.C. A registered professional forester, Karen worked with forest companies worldwide for over a decade developing and implementing sustainable forest management systems.


Karen Tam Wu is available for speaking engagements.


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Karen Tam Wu's Recent Publications

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Metro Vancouver 2021 Clean Air Plan: for Climate and Health Pembina Institute comments and recommendations

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Despite previous climate targets, our national and provincial greenhouse gas emissions have barely decreased: unless we rapidly change tack,  extreme weather events like heat domes, forest fires, irregular precipitation patterns and cold snaps will become more intense, more common, and likely irreversible. As the Metro Vancouver Board reviews its 2021 draft Clean Air Plan, the Pembina Institute offers some considerations for success and prompt implementation.

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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.

Letter

Principles for sectoral emissions targets in B.C. Letter to the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Publication
Jan. 26, 2021 - By Karen Tam Wu

We believe that setting these sectoral targets is a crucial step towards a transparent, effective, and timely plan for climate action.

Green building

Three ways we can build a resilient B.C. in 2021 2020 showed we can adapt and work together to tackle a common challenge

Op-ed
Jan. 20, 2021 - By Karen Tam Wu

Here are three ways we’ll be looking to the B.C. government to support families, communities, and businesses on the road to a resilient, clean economy in 2021.

Climate Emergency Action Plan demonstrates Vancouver’s leadership Letter to Vancouver mayor and council

Publication
Oct. 28, 2020 - By Karen Tam Wu

The Pembina Institute commends the ambition of the proposed Big Moves, as well as the application of an equity lens to them.

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