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The Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economics of Pricing Carbon and Making Deep GHG Emission Reductions

This webinar will be presented by Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth.Governments across Canada have committed to moving towards a low carbon future. Despite the recent decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Canada remains keen to significantly reduce its GHG emissions. Achieving deep emission reductions will require a multifaceted approach and the Canadian plan includes pricing carbon and eliminating coal-fired electricity. To get a sense of the economic impact of these types of policies, The Conference Board of Canada, building on research from the Canadian Academy of Engineering, analyzed the economic impact of taxing carbon and moving away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the analysis, the economic impacts of a carbon tax starting at $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is discussed as well as the impact of shifting our electricity generation mix.While pricing carbon and shifting the electricity generation mix towards renewables are important components of the emission reductions strategy, a broader approach is necessary to achieve our targets. The Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) examined several possible pathways for Canada to make deep emission reductions. The work done in the TEFP has shown us that it is indeed technically feasible to transition Canada to a low carbon society but doing so will require significant spending commitments. In our study, we aggregated the investment spending required under some of the TEFP scenarios and assessed the economic impact of that investment.Join Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth for a detailed description of the methodology and a presentation of the results of this analysis.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Physical Condition Ratings: A New Framework for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

Municipalities across Canada are facing significant challenges to their infrastructure because of resource limitations, impacts from climate change, and the uncertainties associated with them. This webinar will outline the major challenges faced by infrastructure systems, and demonstrate how a Functionality-Survivability-Sustainability (FSS) Framework can comprehensively incorporate physical and other challenges in a single framework. Examples of the application of this framework to assess a stormwater infrastructure system in a medium size city in Ontario will be provided. Opportunities to extend this framework to other forms of infrastructure will also be considered.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Green Infrastructure: Planning for Urban Resilience

Green infrastructure (GI) refers to the natural spaces and ecosystems within cities that maintain biodiversity as well as support a range of ecosystem services, including regulating summer heat extremes, natural storm water management, reduced flood risk, improved air quality and pollution capture. GI can comprise a number of elements, including: parks, treelined and forested areas, wetlands and green spaces, native plants, as well as built elements, such as green roofs and walls. So why should cities think about and plan for these GI networks? How can cities give greater priority to green infrastructure in their plans and policies? How will investments in green infrastructure help address other policy objectives, such as reduced emissions and climate adaptation? Join Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Science at McGill University, as he addresses these questions and discusses the importance of green infrastructure within cities. This presentation will highlight the science and strategies implemented to design and establish the regional green infrastructure network around Montreal, drawing out its role in a wider process of climate adaptation.

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low Carbon Fuel Strategy

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector is a multi-faceted issue with no single solution. Governments in Canada are looking for solutions to further transform the transportation sector away from fossil fuels by introducing policies like low carbon fuels standards. The existing Federal Renewable Fuels Standard (i.e. the ethanol blend mandate) has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity of gasoline. This webinar will examine policy options surrounding new fuel standards and how Renewable Fuels Standards work within a low carbon fuels framework to reduce the carbon intensity of Canada’s transportation sector.

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Is There Value in Adding Value? The Economic Impact of Alberta’s New Sturgeon Refinery

The Sturgeon Refinery in Alberta is nearing completion and is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2017. This is the first refinery to be built in Canada in decades. Financed based on long-term supplier commitments and a unique financial/risk structure, this refinery will process 78,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day, and its main output will be low-sulphur diesel fuel. In what ways will the construction and operations of the refinery generate economic impacts across Alberta and Canada as a whole? What are some of the unique technical and financial aspects of this project? What makes this project work? If you have followed the public discourse in Alberta on the project, you may be surprised at the answers.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Planning for Automated Vehicles in Cities

In cities across the planet, new transportation options are shifting how we move people and goods. The rapid introduction of apps such as UBER and Lyft, as well as car share organizations are disrupting cities’ traditional mobility infrastructure. And more change is coming! Automated Vehicles are no longer science fiction, and this technology has the potential to completely transform urban travel and land use. Cities need to be considering how these changes might impact their communities now, and in the future. How well is your city prepared?

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Under Pressure: The Future of Canada’s Rail & Related Infrastructure

Canadian overseas exports are increasing in both value and volume, creating pressure on Canada's rail and marine freight infrastructure. The Conference Board Report Building for Growth: Trade, Rail and Related Infrastructure, details recent shifts in Canada’s trade patterns and explores the importance of rail service to Canada's goods exports. The report estimates that commodities shipped by rail will increase to 260 million tonnes annually by 2025, compared to 200 million tonnes in 2011. Likewise, rail carloadings are forecast to rise from 2.4 million in 2011 to 3.2 million by 2025. Where will there be pressure points on Canada’s rail system? Will Canada's rail-to-marine networks be able to accommodate the forecasted growth in freight rail volumes through 2025?

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | James Knowles | The Conference Board of Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore Oil and Gas Industry: A New Era of Exploration

Newfoundland and Labrador is on the verge of a new era in frontier oil exploration and development and the province’s resources are attracting the attention of the global industry. Building on 15 years of proven production success, Nalcor Energy is driving a world class exploration data acquisition program that is shedding new oil and gas insights on the nearly two dozen basins surrounding the province. Through Nalcor’s driven seismic data acquisition program, over 110,000 line kilometres of 2D data has been acquired – data that is finding and quantifying new oil and gas resource potential for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sitting at the edge of an underexplored 1.5 million square kilometres, new data is showing many areas of offshore Newfoundland and Labrador are highly prospective for oil and gas. Coupled with recent discoveries, a new assessment of the oil and gas potential for the Flemish Pass area and a 2015 land sale that resulted in the largest exploration commitment in the province’s history, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador is poised for an exciting period of exploration and development. Join us for Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore Oil and Gas Industry: A New Era of Exploration. During this 60-minute webinar with Dr. Richard Wright, Exploration Manager with Nalcor Energy, will walk through the oil and gas potential for offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Richard is playing a key role in developing and executing Nalcor's multi-year exploration strategy—a strategy focused on systematically finding and quantifying Newfoundland and Labrador's oil and gas resource potential to maximize the benefit for the people of the province, while reducing risk and uncertainty for the global industry to facilitate new exploration investments.

Recorded Webinar | April 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

A Webinar on Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector: A Long, Hard Road to 2050

The Paris climate talks are over and Canada has joined nearly 200 nations in its commitment to tackling climate change. But will it be enough? It is widely maintained that to prevent catastrophic climate change from occurring, developed countries must reduce their emissions by 80 per cent relative to 1990 levels. Unfortunately for Canada, our greenhouse gas emissions levels are increasing. Much of the growth has resulted from the transportation sector, with both commercial and residential road transportation emissions accounting for the largest share. So what can be done to stop this continuing growth, and rein in emissions before it’s too late? Join us for this webinar as Len Coad presents key findings from the recently released report A Long, Hard Road: Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector by 2050. For this research, an analysis was completed examining options Canada might pursue to reduce road transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from their 1990 level by 2050. Len will provide expert analysis of the results, and detail two cases that examine the potential emissions reductions that could result from a broad range of trends and technologies, noting that even with aggressive assumptions, Canada would still need to make significant adjustments to achieve the target.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | Len Coad | The Conference Board of Canada

Public Private Partnerships: Assessing Major Projects in the Transportation Sector

Across Canada, governments of all levels have increasingly embraced public-private partnerships (PPPs) as their preferred approach to deliver large-scale public infrastructure projects. Nationwide, over 200 PPPs have been completed or are in various stages of the project planning process, including many in the transportation sector. Despite this, the merits of PPPs remain the source of heated political, policy, and public debate. So what are the pros and cons of PPPs? Are these partnerships the right choice for large Canadian projects?

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Burning Question: The Future of Wildland Fire Management

Wildland fire management faces unprecedented challenges in the 21st century: The growing costs of fire management, growing populations, urban sprawl, and the rise of high-impact fires are causing great concern among wildfire experts. These issues, coupled with the increasingly apparent effects of climate change, are making many question whether conventional approaches will be effective in the future. Now, more than ever, innovative and forward-thinking approaches to wildland fire management are needed. But where to start?In this webinar, Dr. David Bengston, social scientist and environmental futurist with the United States Forest Service, will discuss the findings from a recent study that was conducted by a foresight panel consisting of leading academic and professional futurists outside of the wildfire community and two wildfire professionals.

Recorded Webinar | August 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Tracking the Energy Revolution: Top 10 Trends Driving the Global Energy Transition

Clean energy technologies, services, and policies accelerate the shift to a renewable-based energy economy. They accomplish this by increasing renewable energy supply, reducing consumer and industrial energy demand, improving the infrastructure systems that transmit, store and use energy and enabling market penetration of clean-energy solutions. The demand for clean energy, and thus, less dependence on fossil fuels, continues to grow from both businesses and consumers. Tracking the Energy Revolution—Global, and Tracking the Energy Revolution—Canada, are two reports released in 2015 by Clean Energy Canada. In this 60 minute session, Merran Smith will discuss the 10 most significant investment, policy, technology, and societal trends and developments that both defined and propelled the worldwide shift to clean energy in 2014.

Recorded Webinar | July 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canada's Energy Sector: The View from China

China has entered Canada's energy sector in a big way. Chinese energy demand continues to rise, surpassing more than 10 million barrels a day in 2013, about 60 per cent of which is imported. Most of its imports come from unstable sources, in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, but China is looking to diversify its oil sources and increase security of supply. As such, between 2009 and 2012, China's 3 largest oil companies have invested $33 billion in Canada, most of it in the Alberta oilpatch, making Canada a key strategic piece in China’s efforts to achieve their energy objectives. But will this trade partnership be enough for China’s needs? And what effect will this investment have on Canadian Businesses? Join us for this special session as Wenran Jiang, Director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, describes the opportunities that China sees in the energy sector, the challenges that Chinese companies have encountered, and the barriers that are in place. Don’t miss this chance to hear expert analysis on energy trade from both Canadian and Chinese perspectives. Click the videos below to hear Wenran Jiang of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum give a sneak preview of the upcoming presentation! Wenran Jiang -- The Benefit of Low Oil Prices to China Wenran Jiang -- China Asks: Where's the Return?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Clearing the Air: The State of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Canada

Over the past two decades, rising energy costs, competitive pressures, changes in policy, and/or the desire to become more environmentally friendly prompted many Canadian industries to reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission intensities. However, despite this interest in tackling the problem head on, Canada’s overall GHG emission performance, and the policies surrounding it, are often clouded in controversy. Most of the policy interventions have taken place at the provincial level, including British Columbia’s carbon tax, Quebec’s carbon levy and cap and trade, Ontario’s plan to phase out coal-fired electricity, Nova Scotia’s emissions cap for electric utilities, and Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation. But what can and should be done on a national level? What initiatives are currently in place, and how will future plans affect your industry? Join us this Earth Day as Michael Burt presents an assessment of Canada’s GHG record, the current policy approaches, and the outlook for the future. Michael will discuss The Conference Board’s forecast of GHG emissions by industry, and show how without new initiatives, just how quickly the annual quantity of GHGs emitted by the Canadian economy will grow between now and 2035. He will also discuss how the GHG forecast can be used to assess how changes in policy or the structure of the Canadian economy can impact emissions moving forward.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | Michael Burt | The Conference Board of Canada

Biodiversity Offsets: Balancing Economic Opportunity with Conservation

Earth’s biodiversity is increasingly at risk. Over the last century, the rate of extinction has increased by 1000 times the natural rate. In Canada alone, there are 345 listed species at risk, and this number keeps growing. Yet despite this alarming trend, one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, development of land and water, continues , contributing to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. As priorities shift within the public, the need to balance economic growth with conservation efforts has lead to new thinking about new tools. Biodiversity offsets - measureable positive conservation outcomes tied to the losses incurred through development– are an attempt to compensate for the adverse impacts caused by development. Currently, there are at least 45 of these programs worldwide, with countries simultaneously developing legal and political frameworks around the concept of biodiversity offsetting. However, as with any new initiative, there are a lot of questions and concerns around the practical implementation of biodiversity offsets. How are conservation efforts measured? Does the loss of one species equal the loss of another? What is the timeframe for measurement? Where does overall oversight and accountability lie? Will these efforts make a difference? Join Dave Poulton, Principal of Poulton Environmental Strategies and Executive Director of the Alberta Association for Conversation Offsets, for a discussion about the benefits, potential problems, and measurable impacts of biodiversity offsets. Dave will examine the current trends in biodiversity offsetting and explain the issues that decision-makers should consider when implementing frameworks designed to match development and conservation impacts and outcomes.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Innovation and the Circular Economy

In a circular-economy, products at the end of their life are thought of and treated as resources and are injected back into the economy contributing to: resource conservation; minimizing the use of virgin materials; and the re-capture of residual resources as feedstock for new products. With this closed-loop or cradle-to-cradle production comes the development of new markets and business opportunities as well as job creation and skills development. This webinar from The Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council explores the current state of circular economy practices within small, medium and large enterprises in Canada and the United States, providing an overview of how an emerging shift in the global economic landscape is being reflected in the North American context.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology

Automated vehicles (AVs) are, in some forms, already here. If history is a guide their rollout may occur more rapidly than we expect. AV’s have the potential to bring great benefits, particularly in the form of saving time and reducing the number of collisions on our roads. But, as with many new technologies, the roll out process will be disruptive to regulators, industry, and consumers alike. As the technology advances and demand from the public begins, governments and businesses must begin to plan for the arrival of AV’s sooner, rather than later. How much do you know about this coming trend? Are you prepared?

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Impact and Benefit Agreements—Key Issues for Communities and Industry

Since their emergence in the mid-1970s, Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) have come to play an increasingly prominent role in facilitating mine developments in Canada. IBAs are private, negotiated contracts between Aboriginal communities and mine proponents pursuing projects within the communities’ traditional territories. For Aboriginal communities, IBAs serve to mitigate unwanted impacts and ensure the capture of benefits from local resource development projects. For proponents, these agreements help to secure the cooperation and support of local communities, and reduce the uncertainty associated with their projects. IBAs are also increasingly revealing their potential as tools for sustainable community development. A discussion centred on the role of IBAs in contemporary resource developments is especially timely given the evolving legal landscape surrounding Aboriginal rights and title, and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate as manifest in the recent Tsilhqot'in case in British Columbia.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Getting It Right: Evolving Place-Based Approaches to Sustainable Resource Development

This 60-minute recorded webinar explores emerging and evolving approaches to natural resource development planning that are being considered and tested in Canada. These include: assessing community readiness for resource development; regional or play-based engagement and regulatory processes; and multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives focused on specific development challenges.

Recorded Webinar | September 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Working Overseas: Opportunities and Challenges for the Mining Sector

This 90-minute session features Gary Svoboda, CEO, Adventus Research + Consulting Inc. and Alberto Quiroz, Board member of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). During this session, Gary will discuss the market research project he conducted on behalf of the Centre for the Commercialization of Mining Technologies and Services . Gary has reviewed and provided a compilation of international market information and strategies for mining supply companies that are seeking to increase their international business and activities.

Recorded Webinar | May 2014 | Gary Svoboda | The Conference Board of Canada

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Past Webinars

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The Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economics of Pricing Carbon and Making Deep GHG Emission Reductions

This webinar will be presented by Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth.Governments across Canada have committed to moving towards a low carbon future. Despite the recent decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Canada remains keen to significantly reduce its GHG emissions. Achieving deep emission reductions will require a multifaceted approach and the Canadian plan includes pricing carbon and eliminating coal-fired electricity. To get a sense of the economic impact of these types of policies, The Conference Board of Canada, building on research from the Canadian Academy of Engineering, analyzed the economic impact of taxing carbon and moving away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the analysis, the economic impacts of a carbon tax starting at $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is discussed as well as the impact of shifting our electricity generation mix.While pricing carbon and shifting the electricity generation mix towards renewables are important components of the emission reductions strategy, a broader approach is necessary to achieve our targets. The Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) examined several possible pathways for Canada to make deep emission reductions. The work done in the TEFP has shown us that it is indeed technically feasible to transition Canada to a low carbon society but doing so will require significant spending commitments. In our study, we aggregated the investment spending required under some of the TEFP scenarios and assessed the economic impact of that investment.Join Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth for a detailed description of the methodology and a presentation of the results of this analysis.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Physical Condition Ratings: A New Framework for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

Municipalities across Canada are facing significant challenges to their infrastructure because of resource limitations, impacts from climate change, and the uncertainties associated with them. This webinar will outline the major challenges faced by infrastructure systems, and demonstrate how a Functionality-Survivability-Sustainability (FSS) Framework can comprehensively incorporate physical and other challenges in a single framework. Examples of the application of this framework to assess a stormwater infrastructure system in a medium size city in Ontario will be provided. Opportunities to extend this framework to other forms of infrastructure will also be considered.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Green Infrastructure: Planning for Urban Resilience

Green infrastructure (GI) refers to the natural spaces and ecosystems within cities that maintain biodiversity as well as support a range of ecosystem services, including regulating summer heat extremes, natural storm water management, reduced flood risk, improved air quality and pollution capture. GI can comprise a number of elements, including: parks, treelined and forested areas, wetlands and green spaces, native plants, as well as built elements, such as green roofs and walls. So why should cities think about and plan for these GI networks? How can cities give greater priority to green infrastructure in their plans and policies? How will investments in green infrastructure help address other policy objectives, such as reduced emissions and climate adaptation? Join Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Science at McGill University, as he addresses these questions and discusses the importance of green infrastructure within cities. This presentation will highlight the science and strategies implemented to design and establish the regional green infrastructure network around Montreal, drawing out its role in a wider process of climate adaptation.

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low Carbon Fuel Strategy

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector is a multi-faceted issue with no single solution. Governments in Canada are looking for solutions to further transform the transportation sector away from fossil fuels by introducing policies like low carbon fuels standards. The existing Federal Renewable Fuels Standard (i.e. the ethanol blend mandate) has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity of gasoline. This webinar will examine policy options surrounding new fuel standards and how Renewable Fuels Standards work within a low carbon fuels framework to reduce the carbon intensity of Canada’s transportation sector.

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Is There Value in Adding Value? The Economic Impact of Alberta’s New Sturgeon Refinery

The Sturgeon Refinery in Alberta is nearing completion and is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2017. This is the first refinery to be built in Canada in decades. Financed based on long-term supplier commitments and a unique financial/risk structure, this refinery will process 78,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day, and its main output will be low-sulphur diesel fuel. In what ways will the construction and operations of the refinery generate economic impacts across Alberta and Canada as a whole? What are some of the unique technical and financial aspects of this project? What makes this project work? If you have followed the public discourse in Alberta on the project, you may be surprised at the answers.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Upcoming Webinars

Is There Value in Adding Value? The Economic Impact of Alberta’s New Sturgeon Refinery
March 15, 2017 at 03:00 PM EDT

 


Research

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To learn more about our expertise in Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy, please contact:


Dianne Williams
Associate Director, Strategy and Engagement, Public Policy Division
613-526-3090 x330
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Len Coad
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy, Public Policy
403-221-3040 x7101
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