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Gas Vs Electric Heating Costs In British Columbia

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Gas Vs Electric Heating Costs In British Columbia

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Dylan Heerema

What’s the real cost of heating your home with natural gas or electricity? In British Columbia, there has been much public discussion lately on the relative affordability of these two energy sources. We ran the numbers for a fairly efficient home in the Lower Mainland, and found that gas heating and electric heating can come with similar costs.
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Vancouver’s Green Buildings Policy Is Good News

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, Vancouver’s green buildings policy is good news for homeowners & renters

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Karen Tam Wu, Lee Loftus

This week, Vancouver is taking an important step toward making our homes and buildings healthier, greener, and more efficient. On May 1, the City of Vancouver’s updated Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings comes into effect, mandating that new commercial and multi-unit residential buildings be built to standards that ensure they are airtight and soundproof, and have excellent insulation and ventilation. Buildings constructed under the new rules will emit about half as much carbon pollution as older buildings, making a significant contribution to the city’s goal of using only renewable sources of energy by 2050.

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Will BC’S LNG Exports Reduce Global Emissions?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ed pertaining to Christy Clark’s credibility, Will BC’S LNG Exports Reduce Global Emissions?

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

By Josha MacNab

The claim that B.C. LNG will result in emissions reductions in China is one that British Columbians have heard repeatedly over the past four years. The story by now should be familiar: producing and shipping liquefied natural gas from B.C. will be good for the global climate.

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The Value Of Energy Efficient Homes

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed on the value of  energy efficient homes to Canada’s development

Originally Published in The Hill Times

By Vivian Chung, Dylan Heerema

There is growing recognition across the country of the importance of buildings and energy efficiency to combatting climate change and meeting our commitments under the Paris Agreement. Because nearly a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are linked to homes and buildings, improving the energy efficiency of our built environment is one of the federal government’s key action areas for climate action.

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British Columbia’s Green Buildings

The ECOreport reposts an update  from the Pembina Institute, British Columbia’s Green Buildings

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

By Karen Tam Wu

France was a hub of the Renaissance, an era that saw landmark buildings built in Paris, including parts of the Louvre. So it’s fitting that the UN climate conference in Paris will host the inaugural Buildings Day. This is an important opportunity to chart a new course for how we can all use energy more efficiently within our homes and buildings.

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Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

Originally Published in Policy Opinions

By Erin Flanagan, Philip Gass

Fifty-three to zero: this is the number of smog days in Ontario in 2005 compared with the number in 2014. Ontario had the better part of two full months of smog days in 2005, and none in 2014. It is undeniable that Ontario has seen pollution reduction and an improvement in air quality since phasing out coal-fired power plants — and that families have felt these health and environmental benefits across Ontario. As Ottawa and the provinces flesh out the details of a nationwide phase-out of coal pollution, we should bear this in mind.

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Canada’s First Truly National Climate Plan

The ECOreport reposts another perspective on Canada’s first truly national climate plan

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Erin Flanagan

When Prime Minister Trudeau announced that he would host Canada’s premiers in Ottawa for their second climate meeting this year, not many thought he’d pull it off without a hitch. After all, this was the moment when the federal government’s lofty talk on climate would collide head-on with the provinces’ own views on what interventions (if any) were appropriate for Canada’s economy and environment.

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Oilsands Tailings Ponds Back In The Spotlight

The ECOreport reposts a story from Alberta, Oilsands tailings Ponds back in the spotlight

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Jodi McNeill

Criticism of the oilsands’ environmental impact has been muted recently. With an economic slump that has slowed the rate of oilsands expansion and significant steps forward on climate change policy in the province and federally, it’s easy for old problems to slip from public view. One facet of the oilsands that has dropped in prominence compared to its heyday as environmental headliner nearly a decade ago is the problem of oilsands tailings waste. While the issue may have disappeared from the headlines, it’s not because this toxic legacy has been resolved.

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Not Yet Time To Celebrate BC’s Carbon Tax

The ECOreport reposts news from the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, it is not yet time to celebrate BC’s Carbon Tax

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Josha MacNab

B.C.’s carbon tax — frozen since 2012 — is among the Lighthouse Activities being recognized by the UNFCCC Momentum for Change initiative at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference. Photo: Province of B.C.

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Alberta Needs 30% Renewables By 2030

The ECOreport reposts an appeal from a dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks: Alberta needs 30% renewables by 2030

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

CALGARY — A dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are urging the Alberta government to solidify its commitment to having renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030.

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