How to enforce the oilsands emissions limit – command and control or market-based mechanisms?
On June 16th, the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) publicly released its report providing advice to the Alberta Government on implementing the oilsands emissions limit. Part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the oilsands emission limit restricts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oilsands sector to 100 megatonnes (MT). The report’s recommendations can be grouped broadlyRead More
Getting from here to there, is 100 per cent renewable energy the only answer to our climate goals?
Can we meet all our energy needs with renewable sources by mid-century? The answer is most assuredly yes; anything is possible with unlimited resources. But the key question is always at what cost? Some research suggests a 100 per cent renewable future is achievable at reasonable cost. In a high-profile 2015 study, researchers led byRead More
Embracing nuclear for Canada’s energy future |
Part three: The future of nuclear energy is promising
THIRD IN A SERIES ON EMBRACING NUCLEAR FOR CANADA’S ENERGY FUTURE Globally we are trying to reduce GHG emissions. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, we are desperately trying to clean our electricity grids. Yet, despite the fact that uranium deposits are abundant in Saskatchewan, no one is talking about nuclear power as a solution. In this blogRead More
Video | Alberta’s new climate plan, explained
On January 27, 2016, the Canada West Foundation, with Canadians for Clean Prosperity and Bennett Jones LLP, convened four expert panelists to dive deep into Alberta’s new climate plan. The speakers, including Andrew Leach, the chair of the province’s climate advisory panel, also faced questions from the audience about how Alberta can improve its environmental credibilityRead More
Prairie premiers face common threat
In Paris for the UN Climate Conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, to much fanfare, that Canada is back. Indeed, the Trudeau government reaffirmed Canada’s aggressive climate targets (30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030) while intimating that Canada will do more. To meet the 2030 target, Canada will have to reduce its greenhouseRead More
B.C. sets climate change model for the West
The public debate in Canada around carbon emissions and climate change has taken a significant turn. The question has moved from whether we should do something about reducing emissions to how we should do it. Canadian provinces are making significant efforts on the climate change file as we approach this fall’s 2015 United Nations ConventionRead More