Research Digest – January 2019

2017 Annual Report—Canada’s Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation

November, 2018 (Transport Canada)


In 2017, the overall rate of fuel efficiency (i.e. litres per RTK) improved by 2.8 percent, compared with 2016. The combined domestic and international fuel efficiency rate reported for 2017 was 33.31 litres per 100 RTK (combining both passenger and cargo traffic).



Global Petroleum Survey 2018 –

November 29, 2018 (Fraser Institute)


Our analysis of the 2018 petroleum survey results indicates that the extent of positive sentiment regarding key factors driving petroleum investment decisions has increased in many of the world’s regions. The United States remains the most attractive region for investment globally, followed by Europe. Canada’s score declined this year, causing this region to drop one spot to the fourth most attractive region in the world for investment.



Towards Road Freight Decarbonisation -

December 5, 2018 (International Transport Forum ITF)


Technologies that improve the fuel efficiency of diesel heavy vehicles are a fundamental component of a pathway towards decarbonising road freight (e.g. aerodynamic, reduced-rolling resistance of tyres, weight reduction, increased engine efficiency and hybridisation). In the short- to medium-term this is where a significant part of emissions savings can be delivered, particularly for heavy trucks on long-haul operations.



Energy Efficiency Indicators 2018: highlights –

December 7, 2018 (International Energy Agency)


Globally, energy use and economic development have been decoupling, with gross domestic product (GDP) more than doubling between 1990 and 2016, whereas total primary energy supply (TPES) grew by 57%.



Western Canadian Crude Oil Supply, Markets, and Pipeline Capacity

December 27, 2018 (National Energy Board)


This report gives insight into the imbalance between supply and capacity to move crude oil to markets and factors that have contributed to a wider discount (known as a differential) for Canadian crude oil; it also describes how space is allocated on pipelines in Canada.