Research Digest
December 2018


The Pros and Cons of Carbon Taxes And Cap-and-Trade Systems

November 15, 2018 (University of Calgary – SPP)

  • “The aim of this briefing paper was to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of three different approaches to imposing a price on carbon emissions: carbon tax, cap-and-trade or a hybrid approach. The policies were evaluated along several dimensions and the analysis is summarized in Table 1.” 


CO2 Capture, Utilization and Storage: A Canadian Snapshot 

November 15, 2018 (Pembina Institute with CMC Research Institutes

  • “Canada has world-class expertise in CCUS – we are already a global leader in the development of such technologies. Five of the top 10 finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition to find commercial uses for CO2 are from Canada, and we are home to three of the world’s 18 large carbon storage sites.”


Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990-2015  

November 21, 2018 (Office of Energy Efficiency – Natural Resources Canada)

  • “Energy: Total energy use in the Canadian petroleum refining industry in 2016 is about 11% lower than 1990. Data on RPP production useful in calculating intensity indicate that refineries were 18% more efficient than in 1990 based on production.”