Chris Severson-BakerRegional Director, Alberta

Chris is the Alberta regional director at the Pembina Institute. He worked with the Institute from 1996 to 2016, then spent three years at the Alberta Energy Regulator before returning in 2020. He is a leading expert on responsible energy development, with specific expertise in oil and gas, oilsands and electricity.

Chris holds a B.Sc. in environmental and conservation science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in environment and management from Royal Roads University.


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Chris Severson-Baker's Recent Publications

Cover principles to guide oil and gas cap

Recommendations on principles to guide the implementation of an oil and gas cap Submission to the Net-Zero Advisory Body

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The Government of Canada has committed to setting a cap on emissions generated by the oil and gas sector at a pace and scale needed to achieve net-zero by 2050. In this submission, the Pembina Institute provides key principles for setting the oil and gas cap, setting 2025 and 2030 targets, and developing the regulatory pathway to ensure these targets are met or exceeded.

Pembina Institute calls for retaining and improving Emissions Reduction Fund Letter to Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

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Dec. 14, 2021 - By Chris Severson-Baker

During the pandemic, the Emissions Reduction Fund has been one of the few programs around the world that addresses the economic impacts of the ongoing health crisis while creating jobs and contributing meaningfully to reducing emissions in the oil and gas sector. Minister Wilkinson should renew this fund to address methane - a critical step in reducing Canada's overall oil and gas emissions.

First page of Pembina Institute response letter.

Pembina Institute Response to the Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns (the Allan Inquiry) Pembina Institute direct reply to the invitation to respond

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Oct. 21, 2021 - By Chris Severson-Baker

Pembina Institute welcomes the conclusion of the Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns that it has not acted in an improper manner or displayed conduct that should be in any way impugned. Given that your report is focused on our work over a 20-year period, and that over the past two years we received no invitations for meetings or requests for information about our work from the Inquiry, we find the other representations to be unreasonable, largely misinterpreting our work.

Investors looking for a clear and credible climate plan in Alberta Starts with a commitment to short-term emissions-reduction goals

Op-ed
March 12, 2021 - By Chris Severson-Baker

Alberta’s 2021 budget included the establishment of a $2-million-a-year ESG Secretariat in the premier’s office. This gives ESG a special resonance at the highest levels of government, making it part of a long-term strategy to prove Alberta’s value to investors, especially in the oil and gas sector. But those investors may notice that what’s missing from the strategy so far is a real commitment to climate policy and planning.

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Recommendations for advancing Alberta’s hydrogen strategy Submission to the Government of Alberta

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On behalf of the Pembina Institute, Chris Severson-Baker, Nina Lothian and Jan Gorski submitted comments in February, 2021, to the Government of Alberta following a request for feedback that will inform the province’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, and hydrogen strategy.

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