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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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Speeding Up Coal Phase-out Will Save Albertan Lives

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Speeding up coal phase-out will save Albertan lives 

Press Release from the Pembina Institute

Speeding the rate of the coal phase-out would benefit Albertans’ health and would even save lives, according to a joint report from the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Lung Association of Alberta and NWT, and the Asthma Society of Canada.

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Canada, Mexico & the US Formulate Climate Strategies

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: As their nation’s leaders prepare for the for the North American Leaders’ Summit, 6 NGOs in Canada, Mexico & the US Formulate Climate Strategies

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

TORONTO – More than ever before, the United States, Mexico, and Canada are politically aligned on the topic of climate change. This alignment creates a unique opportunity for the three countries to launch a coordinated climate strategy to propel the shift to clean energy across the continent.

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Calling On Clark To Tackle BC’s Emissions Problem

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED calling on Clark to tackle BC’s emissions problem

From the Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — With the province’s new climate plan expected to land any day now, a coalition of British Columbia power producers, industry associations and environmental organizations is calling on the government to tackle B.C.’s growing carbon pollution problem.

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