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2022

CaptureFuelling 2050: The Road Forward

Report, 42 pages, January 2022
How realistic are Canada's aspirations for net-zero GHG emissions? With less than 30 years left to 2050, we explored what an achievable pathway looks like for the transportation sector.

2021

Image of report coverBacking Nature: Mobilizing Private Investment for Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Report, 17 pages, December 2021
Nature-based climate solutions can help Canada to achieve its net-zero goals. This issue briefing addresses some of the challenges and steps to take to scale up the required solutions.

Image of report coverGreen Homes Issue Briefing

Report, 19 pages, August 2021
Canada's greenhouse gas emissions from family homes are too high. To help homeowners invest in the necessary deep retrofits of their residential properties, two innovative financing tools—PACE and green mortgages—are discussed.

Image of report cover A Microgrid Playbook

Report, 33 pages, April 2021
The use of diesel in remote and Northern communities is a truly wicked problem. But technology—named microgrids for independent power production—is placing solutions within reach.

Image of report coverCanada’s Clean Energy Growth Economy Indicators (CEGE)

Website, March 2021
This interactive dashboard monitors Canada’s progress toward a clean energy growth economy, tracking indicators under three themes: economy, environment, and society. Users can filter by energy segment and reference period.


2020

Image of report cover Unlocking the Grid: Overcoming Barriers to Electricity Storage in Alberta

Report, 15 pages, August 2020
Energy storage technology can help stabilize electricity loads and reduce generation surpluses. But for Alberta to realize the benefits of energy storage, market and regulatory reforms are necessary. This briefing looks at what needs to be done.

Image of report coverA Chance to Lead: Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Finance

Report, 15 pages, April 2020
Two things are vital to the Canadian energy sector’s survival in the sustainable finance marketplace: effective disclosure, and high-integrity data. This briefing looks at how to achieve these goals.

Image of report coverCanada’s Clean Energy Growth Economy

Website, March 2020
This report looks at the results of the CEGE Regional Input Tour on transitioning to a clean energy growth economy.


Image of report cover Nuclear Energy: A Crossroad in a Climate Emergency

Report, 16 pages, January 2020
This issue briefing explores how small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) can meet energy demand, help tackle climate change, and what Canada needs to be globally competitive in SMR commercialization.


2019


Image of report coverTipping the Scales: Assessing Carbon Competitiveness and Leakage Potential for Canada’s EITEIs

Report, 70 pages, November 2019
Carbon pricing has both benefits and consequences. This report provides a data-driven approach to understanding this important cross-cutting policy issue.

Image of report coverPowering Down Emissions: Case Studies

Report, 41 pages, June 2019
This report looks at three provinces—Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia—to provide regional and provincial perspectives on how Canadian provinces are acting to reduce GHG emissions in the electricity sector.

Image of report coverAssessment of Clean Growth Economy Finance Today: Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 10 pages, February 2019
This is the eighth, and final, briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverWhich Types of Public Sector Financing Are Needed? Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 12 pages, February 2019
This is the seventh briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverWhere Is Public Sector Financing and Risk Management Required? Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 10 pages, February 2019
This is the sixth briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverThe Regulatory Framework for Clean Energy Growth Finance: Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 10 pages, February 2019
This is the fifth briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverFinancing the Low-Carbon Emissions Transition for Consumers: Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 13 pages, January 2019
This is the fourth briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverInsurance and Risk Management Services for Managing Climate Change Risk: Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 13 pages, January 2019
This is the third briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverDemand for Clean Growth Financing and Risk Management: Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 8 pages, January 2019
This is the second briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Image of report coverIt’s Not Easy Being Green: The Challenge of Carbon Competitiveness

Report, 56 pages, January 2019
This report examines the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and where competitive risks to Canadian firms may come from.


2018

Image of report coverWhat Is Clean Growth Finance? Financing a Clean Energy Growth Economy

Briefing, 12 pages, December 2018
This is the first briefing in a series on how the transition to a clean energy growth economy with lower GHG emissions will be financed.

Cover thumbnailShades of Gray: Consumer Attitudes Towards a Low-carbon Economy

Report, 40 pages, December 2018
What does a low-carbon economy look like from the viewpoint of consumers? This report discusses consumer opinions and trends, and key insights from a Conference Board of Canada survey.

Cover thumbnailClearing the Air With a Complex System: A Pan-Canadian Approach to Carbon Pricing and Reducing GHG Emissions

Executive Summary, 15 pages, May 2018
Carbon pricing is one of the many policy tools used by governments to reduce GHG emissions. This report takes stock of Canadian governments’ carbon pricing initiatives. It also identifies four policy considerations for effective and economically sound implementation of carbon pricing across Canada.


2017

Image of report coverCarbon Leakage and Canadian Climate Policy

Briefing, 24 pages, November 2017
Carbon Leakage and Canadian Climate Policy reviews carbon leakage to examine what it is, how it is measured, why it matters, and how Canada has approached this theme to date.

Image of report coverRenewable Fuel Standards Within a Low-Carbon Fuel Strategy

Briefing, 26 pages, September 2017
Environment and Climate Change Canada is considering the introduction of a Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) This briefing advocates retaining a minimum blend mandate, ensuring that the role of ethanol is strengthened and its benefits extended.

Image of report coverThe Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economic Impacts of Reducing GHG Emission

Report, 97 pages, September 2017
This analysis studies three distinct policy measures—the impact of a carbon price and a shift in the electricity generation mix, the impact of substantially decarbonizing our electricity generation sector, and the impact of investments that will allow Canada to reduce its emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

Image of report coverDoing More with Less: Energy Efficiency Potential in Canada

Report, 66 pages, August 2017
This report provides an overview of available national and provincial energy efficiency potential studies to assist in assessing the remaining energy efficiency potential in Canada.

Estimating the Economic Impacts of GHG Emission Reductions

Presentation, 31 slides, April 2017
This presentation by the Conference Board of Canada’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist Craig Alexander discusses the economic impact of pricing carbon, the economic impacts of the retiring fossil-fuel generation, and the investment requirements for deep emission reduction.

Image of report coverShaping the Canadian Low-Carbon Economy: A Discussion Paper

Briefing, 30 pages, March 2017
This initial discussion paper looks at how the Conference Board of Canada’s new Centre on the Low-Carbon Growth Economy will help to shape the low-carbon economy in the decades ahead.


2016

Image of report coverIs There Value in Adding Value? An Assessment of the Sturgeon Refinery

Report, 160 pages, December 2016
This report evaluates the business case for the construction and operations phases of the Sturgeon Refinery. Both phases are expected to have significant impacts on GDP, person-years of employment, and more.

Image of report coverA Changing Tide: British Columbia’s Emerging Liquefied Natural Gas Industry

Report, 63 pages, February 2016
This report quantifies the potential economic and labour market impacts that would occur in British Columbia, resulting from a 30 million tonnes per annum liquefied natural gas industry.


2015

Image of report coverA Long, Hard Road: Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector by 2050

Report, 172 pages, November 2015
This report provides an evidence-based view of the contribution that road transportation might practically make to achieve the “80 by 50” greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in Canada.

Image of report coverFinding the Mix: The Choice of Generation Technologies in Canada

Report, 98 pages, September 2015
This report examines several of the challenges facing electricity generators in five provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Alberta and Saskatchewan are the primary focus of the report.

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Director, Sustainability
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