Pembina Institute available for comment at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)

Nov. 1, 2022

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CALGARY — As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) approaches, senior staff with the Pembina Institute will be available for comment on where Canada stands on its climate commitments. Executive Director, Chris Severson-Baker, will be attending the event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and available for comment November 7 to 18. Electricity Program Director Binnu Jeyakumar will also be in attendance and available for comment on a national net-zero electricity grid and the phase out of coal-fired electricity.

The summit is taking place amidst a severe global energy crisis and in the wake of the just released report from the International Energy Agency noting that, for the first time ever, current policies will deliver a peak in global demand for fossil fuels within this decade. The crisis brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a driving force in the transition to a cleaner and more secure energy system.

To maintain accountability on climate action, a key priority at the upcoming climate summit is the need to move from pledges made at COP26 to implementation and clear evidence of swift action on climate. At the conference in Glasgow, Canada joined other countries in committing to the Global Methane Pledge; the federal government has additionally pledged to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by at least 75% by 2030.

Additional commitments of note that have been made by Canada include:

Emissions in Canada have increased proportionately more than any other G7 nation since the signing of the Paris agreement in 2016. Between 1990 and 2020, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions increased by 13.1 per cent.

Canada’s climate commitments demonstrate progress that can lead us to a net-zero emissions economy provided that the necessary policies and regulations are put in place quickly and with sufficient strength to drive emissions to the levels required to achieve the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 C compared to pre-Industrial levels, as per the 2016 Paris Climate Accords.

From our offices in Canada, senior experts with the Pembina Institute will be monitoring the conference closely and also available for comment:  

  • Jan Gorski, Program Director, Oil and Gas (for comment on Canada’s oil and gas sector – methane emissions and the emissions cap for oil and gas – and carbon pricing)
  • Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze Program Director, Buildings (for comment on the buildings sector)
  • Carolyn Kim, Senior Director, Communities and Decarbonization Group (for comment on gender equity in the energy sector)  
  • Adam Thorn, Program Director, Transportation (for comment on the transportation sector) 
  • Nagwan Al-Guneid, Program Director, Business Renewables Centre-Canada (for comment on the corporate procurement of renewable electricity)


For media enquiries, contact

Victoria Foote
Director, Communications, Pembina Institute


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