Research Digest
June 2018

Estimated impacts of the Federal Carbon Pollution Pricing System

April 30, 2018 (ECCC – Government of Canada) 
  • “The study found that, by 2022, a nation-wide price on carbon pollution that meets the federal standard would eliminate 80 to 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Canada's Energy Outlook: Current Realities and Implications for a Carbon-constrained Future 

May 1, 2018 (Parkland Institute, Corporate Mapping Project and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
  • “This report analyses Canada’s energy system and assesses future options to maintain energy security and meet climate commitments as a foundation for planning a viable long-term energy strategy.”   

The Economic Impact of Improved Energy Efficiency in Canada 

May 3, 2018 (Efficiency Canada) – Efficiency Canada website (a new national voice for an energy efficient economy – located in Carleton University).
  • The technical report highlights the potential benefits of efficiency policies in Canada to GDP, employment and GHG emission reduction.

The carbon footprint of global tourism

May 7, 2018 (Carbon Brief
  • “Worldwide tourism accounted for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2013, new research finds, making the sector a bigger polluter than the construction industry.”

The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada 

May 8, 2018 (Fraser Institute)
  • “Canadian heavy crude oil producers continue to suffer from depressed prices relative to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and other global oil price benchmarks.”

Improving the Internal Combustion Engine

May 16, 2018 (ASEM – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) two-part article: part 1 and part 2.
  • An innovation by Amir Khajepour, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo, ON, and his team can increase the efficiency of internal combustion engines by more than 10% and is the result of more than a decade of work.

Energy Efficiency in Canada to 2050

May 18, 2018 (International Energy Agency
  • “This paper presents up-to-date, long-term estimates of Canada’s maximum energy efficiency potential by sector. The modelling approach is based on the World Energy Model (WEM), the tool used for the International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2017 (WEO-2017). While this study assesses how energy efficiency deployment could impact energy demand and emissions for Canada through to 2050, it does not offer any policy recommendations. Instead, it focuses on the economy-wide energy efficiency improvement thought to be achievable according to this model-based analysis.”

Greening Freight: Pathways to Reducing GHG Emissions from Trucking

May 28, 2018 (The Conference Board of Canada
  • “Achieving meaningful reductions to Canada’s emission profile and reaching Canada’s GHG reduction targets requires a focus on freight, and on trucking in particular. This report considers how advances in the technology and policy landscape could help meaningfully reduce emissions from freight transport.”