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Research Report

Research Digest – August 2020

Energy Use and CO2 Emissions in Canadian Oil Refineries RY1990 to RY2019

July 2020 (CEEDC)

  • In 2019, the Canadian petroleum refining industry’s total energy use increased 7% from 2018 and is now 4% above 1990 levels. RPP production increased to 17% above 1990 levels, but is still 5% below the 2004 peak.

After several years of increases in energy intensity from 2005 to 2009, energy used per cubic metre of RPP has generally declined to 2019 to reach 11% below 1990 levels.

The State of Sustainable Fleets 2020

August 2020 (The State of Sustainable Fleets 2020)

The State of Sustainable Fleets is the first technology-neutral, comprehensive industry report that examines the current state of the most prevalent sustainable vehicle platforms for medium- and heavy-duty on-road transportation fleets across the U.S., while analyzing the trends shaping the future of the industry.

State of Transportation Energy and Vehicle Electrification

August 2020 (Fuels Institute)

The future of transportation energy will be a mix of different powertrains leveraging different sources of energy, the majority of which presumably will be lower in carbon intensity and more beneficial to the environment. But the transition to new powertrains or energy sources will take time. This is not due to opposition to such technologies or resources but because the market is substantial, and it will simply take time to transition.

Securing Canada’s Economic Future

August 2020 (Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery)

  • Economic modelling conducted for the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery by Dr. G.K. Fellows shows that the right success conditions for natural resources and manufacturing could result in improved capital productivity and reduced trade costs.

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