It has been over a year since the pandemic struck and governments restructured the economy and society around physical distancing. COVID has dramatically altered our day-to-day lives; it has also altered our policy priorities. In early 2020, the environment was the number one policy issue on Canadians’ minds. Four months into the pandemic, the environment had fallen behind COVID, the economy and health care.
As Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets creep closer, our menu of technological options will grow increasingly fixed. A new research study from Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa articulates what it might take to change that.
The Supreme Court of Canada just ruled, in a 6-3 decision, to uphold the constitutionality of the federal government’s carbon tax. While this decision must come as a relief to the Trudeau government, it will not end battles between Ottawa and provincial governments over energy-environment policy.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy will host a virtual conference exploring the roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities making decisions about Canada's energy future in an age of climate change. The conference will convene senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of online, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mark Carney, Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG, and Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation, the two-day virtual event will bring together Indigenous communities from across Canada with government and project finance sectors for focused expert discussions.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior and emerging energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
How has COVID-19 affected Canadians' attitudes towards climate action? The sense of urgency appears to be trending up. Nik Nanos returns to the podcast to discuss results from the latest Positive Energy/Nanos quarterly tracking survey, including the appetite for climate ambition and levels of public trust in different information sources.
Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger was moderator/rapporteur for the workshop Net Zero 2050: Assessing the Challenge and Opportunity for Regulators and the Natural Gas Delivery Industry organized by the Canadian Gas Association, April 13 2021.