Chris Severson-BakerExecutive Director

Chris is the executive director of 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, most recently serving as senior director of the industrial decarbonization group before becoming executive director in 2022. 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

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From pledge to progress on methane emissions reduction At COP27, Canada shows leadership on driving down a potent greenhouse gas

Blog Nov. 22, 2022- By Chris Severson-Baker
With its announcement of new proposed regulations to significantly lower methane emissions at COP27, Canada is now recognized as a global leader on this issue and a driving force behind the Global Methane Pledge.
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Canada at COP27 The need to move from pledges to progress

Blog Nov. 8, 2022- By Chris Severson-Baker
Canada’s commitments on climate, and the steps taken to meet those commitments, will be under scrutiny at the UN Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, November 6 to 18. This summary highlights the climate pledges announced at COP26 and the progress Canada has made since.
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Recommendations on energy policy in the NWT Briefing note to the Government of NWT

Publication Oct. 31, 2022- By Richard Nerysoo, Chris Severson-Baker, Dave Lovekin, Emily He
This briefing note provides context and recommendations for climate and energy related reports that are anticipated to be discussed at the Fall Sitting of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from October 13 to November 3, 2022. We hope that the Government of NWT will commit to supporting Indigenous-led clean energy systems and consider the following recommendations while developing policies and programs.
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Design Changes to the Investment Tax Credit for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Submission to Department of Finance Canada

Publication Oct. 7, 2022- By Chris Severson-Baker
Pembina Institute submission to the Department of Finance Canada on the proposed design of its investment tax credit (ITC) for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects. Public investments in CCUS must be weighed against other opportunities to drive emissions reductions in Canada on a tonne (of carbon dioxide equivalent not emitted) per dollar invested basis. As such, we support the current level of the investment tax credit (ITC) for carbon capture, but not increasing it.


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