Environmental Law & Policy

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Adopting a Single Provincial Regulator for Electricity Generation in Alberta

Feb 6 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture on CIRL Occasional Paper #68:

“Adopting a Single Provincial Regulator for Electricity Generation Projects in Alberta” Read more about Adopting a Single Provincial Regulator for Electricity Generation in Alberta

Location

Murray Fraser Hall, Room MFH 2370
2878 University Way NW
T2N 1N4 Calgary , AB
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Saturday Morning at the Law School Public Lecture : Canada’s New Energy Regulator and Pipelines

Jan 19 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture on:

“Canada’s New Energy Regulator and Pipelines”

 More information and Eventbrite registration for this session of Saturday Morning at the Law School will be available soon. Read more about Saturday Morning at the Law School Public Lecture : Canada’s New Energy Regulator and Pipelines

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall (MFH), Faculty of Law University of Calgary
Calgary , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Alberta’s methane regulations will fail to meet provincial reduction target

Province fails to demonstrate how carbon price and methane rules will achieve the GHG reductions needed to match federal rules

CALGARY, AB – Based on new comprehensive modelling, Alberta’s methane regulations will allow oil and gas companies to release far greater volumes of harmful methane pollution than if they followed the federal methane regulations enacted earlier this year by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).   In Alberta, the ECCC rules would reduce methane pollution in 2025 by almost 35 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) while the Alberta rules released today will reduce only 22 million tonnes of CO2e.  This equals a reduction of 36%, clearly failing to achieve Alberta’s own 45% methane reduction commitment, squandering one of the highest-value, lowest-cost opportunities to deliver significant progress towards Alberta’s and Canada’s climate goals.  Regrettably, recent research shows Alberta’s proposed carbon pricing regime offers no rescue for this missed opportunity because the carbon price does not cover, nor apply to the majority of methane emissions. Read more about Alberta’s methane regulations will fail to meet provincial reduction target

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Alberta's carbon levy is working

Joshua Buck, Alberta Program Manager for Environmental Defence writes:

Since Alberta’s economy-wide carbon levy was introduced in 2017, a lot of claims have been made about the levy, both positive and negative. So, what are the facts? That’s what we wanted to know. We did some investigation and put together a report: Carbon Pricing in Alberta – A Review of its Successes and Impacts. And what did we find? Overall, Alberta’s carbon levy is a success. Read more about Alberta's carbon levy is working

Media Releases & Op-eds

Exemptions from federal environmental review for oil and gas projects unjustified, say environmental groups

Ensuring federal assessment of high-carbon projects is critical if Canada is to step up Paris Agreement ambitions at COP 24

OTTAWA – Some of Canada’s largest and most polluting industrial projects may get a free pass on federal review under a new law if the government capitulates to industry demands, warn leading environmental groups. The groups are calling on Canada to expand the list of projects it reviews to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental damage from proposed industrial development are minimized. Read more about Exemptions from federal environmental review for oil and gas projects unjustified, say environmental groups

Media Releases & Op-eds

Op-ed: The federal government's carbon pricing plan will eliminate Alberta's hard-earned climate gains

An op-ed from AEN member Dr. Joe Vipond on the federal government's proposed carbon-pricing policy for the electricity sector:

Sadly, the current federal pricing plan will eliminate many of these gains, and likely make things even worse. Climate and health will once again be jeopardized by coal combustion, at a time when cheap, emission-free alternatives exist. We need to embrace the future of climate action, not cling desperately to the past.

Read the full op-ed in the CBC's Opinion section Read more about Op-ed: The federal government's carbon pricing plan will eliminate Alberta's hard-earned climate gains

Event

Webinar: Climate Accountability in Canada

Nov 22 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In this webinar, we will dig into some of the ambition-raising asks we’ll be making of the Canadian government as we head into COP24. Our panelists will discuss what an accountability mechanism for the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change might look like and how it can ensure ambition can be raised in the future. We will also explore some of the ways accountability mechanisms have been embedded in climate policy around the world. 

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