Sarah McBainAnalyst

Portrait of Sarah McBain

Sarah is an analyst with the transportation program and is based in the Vancouver office. She has a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning) and a Bachelor of Sustainable Business from Simon Fraser University.  As a graduate student, Sarah was a member of the Sustainable Transportation Research Team (START) and she helped Pembina complete our All Hands on Deck report. Sarah also studied at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden.

Sarah is coming to us from the International Energy Agency as a consultant in the Energy Technology Policy Division, where she led research for the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2022 and other energy technology papers such as the Global Fuel Economy Initiative and Tracking Clean Energy Progress

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys mountain biking, hiking and camping.

Contact Sarah McBain

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Sarah McBain's Recent Publications

Cover for LDV sales mandate submission

Recommendations for a national sales mandate for zero-emission light-duty vehicles Submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada

Publication March 22, 2023- By Adam Thorn, Sarah McBain
Unless the federal government enacts climate policies intended to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to electricity in the transportation sector, Canada cannot achieve its climate commitments. These four recommendations will help jumpstart the switch from gas to electric passenger cars with minimal economic disruption.
Electric vehicles at charging station.

The electric vehicle sales regulation explained How mandating quotas for zero-emitting vehicles sold in Canada benefits everyone, even if you’re not a driver

Blog March 15, 2023- By Chandan Bhardwaj, Sarah McBain
The answers to these 10 questions show that mandating quotas for the number of zero-emitting vehicles sold in Canada benefits everyone, even if you’re not a driver.
Urban transit buses fact sheet

Decarbonizing medium- and heavy-duty vehicles Fact sheet series

Publication March 7, 2023- By Sarah McBain, Chandan Bhardwaj
With transportation as the second biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, the need to transition to electrified means of moving people and goods is increasingly urgent. A new series of factsheets provides a snapshot of how to shift from fossil fuels to zero-emitting (electric) trucks and buses.


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