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Pembina reacts to 2016-17 Alberta Budget

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director, Pembina Institute made the following comments following today’s release of the 2016-17 Alberta Budget.

“Today’s budget shows the government is acting on its promise to make Alberta a climate change leader. It is smart policy to use some of the new revenue generated by Alberta’s carbon levy to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

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Opportunities in Energy Efficiency for the Non-Profit Sector

Apr 26 2016

The Pembina Institute and the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance - in partnership with the Calgary Chamber for Voluntary Organizations - invite you to discuss how energy efficiency programs can lower costs for low-income households, create jobs, and significantly reduce operations costs for non-profits — leaving you with more funds for your core services. Read more about Opportunities in Energy Efficiency for the Non-Profit Sector

Location

Kahanoff Centre, Room 208
105 12 Avenue SE
T2G 1A1 Calgary , AB
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Pembina reacts to recent spate of misinformation over power prices in Alberta

CALGARY — Ben Thibault, electricity program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to just some of the editorials, articles and reports released in recent days that contain misleading information about the future of electricity prices in Alberta. Read more about Pembina reacts to recent spate of misinformation over power prices in Alberta

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Pembina reacts to national climate declaration

VANCOUVER — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change unveiled today:

“We are pleased to see governments announce a climate change declaration for Canada, as promised during the federal election and at the UN meetings in Paris. This kind of comprehensive framework is necessary for Canada to hit its existing climate change targets and to secure deeper pollution reductions by mid-century.

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Alberta coal “economic note” based on shaky information

Health savings of provincial climate plan ignored while some costs are double counted

CALGARY — Ben Thibault, electricity program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statements today in response to the economic note on Alberta’s coal phase out plan released by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

“The information the economic note relies on to conclude Albertans will pay a ‘steep bill’ to phase out coal is shaky. It generally cites the province's Climate Leadership Report (CLR), but the CLR does not support the assertion.

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Pembina reacts to federal climate test principles

OTTAWA — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to additional review principles for fossil fuel projects unveiled by Minister McKenna and Minister Carr today:

“We welcome the five principles unveiled today by the federal government to address deficiencies in the existing review process for fossil fuel projects. These principles demonstrate that Ottawa is committed to improving the ways in which fossil fuel infrastructure is evaluated. The requirement to consider direct and upstream carbon pollution in regulatory reviews acknowledges a long-standing deficiency in Canada’s regulatory framework for fossil fuel projects.

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Pembina reacts to Paris Agreement tabled at COP21

PARIS, FRANCE — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the global climate change agreement adopted today at COP21:

“The Paris agreement marks an important moment in the global transition to a low-carbon economy. The agreement endeavours to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and supports a global emissions peak and decline by mid-century. These commitments underscore a powerful global transition away from high-carbon fossil fuels.

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Pembina available for comment at Paris climate summit

Paris — Today, 150 Heads of State and Government joined the President of France, His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, in an opening ceremony for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Four experts from the Pembina Institute will be attending the summit, and are available today and until the summit adjourns on December 11th, to provide commentary on what the conference’s developments mean for climate action in Canada, at the federal and provincial levels.

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Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

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