Energy Innovation Brief | Issue 01
Each month, the Canada West Foundation’s Energy Innovation Brief will bring you snippets of interesting stories about technology innovations happening across the energy sector: in oil and gas, renewables, energy storage and transmission. Our focus will be on Western Canada, but we will also highlight what’s happening across the country and around the world.
REPORT | More Than the Usual Suspects: Western Canadian export opportunities to Japan under the CPTPP
Canada’s advantage over the United States in Japan from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) lasted a whole 13 months. The CPTPP offered Canada significant opportunities to increase and diversify exports to Japan. However, those opportunities narrowed when the U.S. struck a partial trade agreement with Japan in October 2019. This is expected to erode advantages that Canada had briefly enjoyed over the U.S. in the Japanese market when the agreement came into effect January 2020. Canada needs to move more quickly.
China Brief | China‘s relationship with Canada‘s West
EDITION 038: Canada West Foundation China experts appear before China-Canada House Committee, Coronavirus and Canada-China Relations, and the continuing pain felt by the agricultural industry
The 'absurd' state of Canadian internal trade – and how to fix it
As Canada enters more free trade agreements abroad, internal trade at home remains anything but free. Despite various internal trade agreements (and despite recent efforts on the part of some provinces, particularly Alberta and Manitoba, unilaterally reducing their internal trade barriers), progress on an open internal market in Canada has been slow. So slow, in fact, that Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, at a recent armchair chat, called them “absurd.”
LNG: Carbon bomb or environmental saviour?
Wildly opposing views about the environmental impacts of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects exist in Canada – views that are so divergent as to be almost irreconcilable. LNG lauded as environmental saviour, says the Northern Sentinel.¹ BC LNG touted as cleanest in the world, says JWN. LNG Canada could be ‘carbon bomb’ that blows up B.C.’s climate goals, critic warns, reports the CBC.