Canada needs a better strategy to transition to a low-carbon future

Current climate policies ignore the long transition period required to develop reliable alternative energy systems

Canada needs a better strategy to transition to a low-carbon futureBy Eric Newell and Perry Kinkaide Contributors Balancing energy, the environment and the economy is critical. Yet current climate policies and plans – including Canada’s – are designed to phase out fossil fuel production entirely as rapidly as possible, largely ignoring the several decades-long transition required to develop reliable alternative energy systems. To be effective,…

Why Canada should embrace carbon-capture projects

Carbon capture is key to reaching net zero emissions by 2050

Why Canada should embrace carbon-capture projectsFour hundred academics recently signed a letter to the federal government, condemning the next big thing in emissions reduction. They’re all wrong. Their target was Canada’s world-leading, greenhouse-gas-busting carbon capture and storage initiative. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been hailed as a key to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The Alberta government kicked…

Carbon-capturing material could help industry reduce emissions, costs

Offers an efficient way to pull carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions

Carbon-capturing material could help industry reduce emissions, costsAlberta’s world renown in carbon capture and sequestration is set to receive another lift thanks to the promise of a material invented and tested in the province that offers an efficient way to pull carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions. A team from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering characterized a CO2-capturing microporous material…

Geothermal research could lead to Alberta solutions to reducing CO2

Engineers, geothermal company partnering to produce clean energy using captured carbon

Geothermal research could lead to Alberta solutions to reducing CO2Developing an ultra-clean source of energy by using carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of water to pump geothermal heat up from deep below the Earth’s surface is one of a list of possibilities behind a new partnership between a team of University of Alberta carbon sequestration engineers and a burgeoning geothermal startup. Alberta No. 1, Alberta’s…

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without it

There is a real opportunity to reduce GHG emissions through decarbonization

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without itCOP26 in Glasgow is likely to call for even more ambitious GHG emission reduction targets than the ones that have been consistently missed by virtually all countries. Canada’s existing target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 is daunting enough as is. Strangely, much of the focus of carbon policy has been on reducing the amount…

Geothermal energy could be generated from captured CO2, study shows

Discovery that technology is viable moves it closer to becoming part of a low-carbon economy

Geothermal energy could be generated from captured CO2, study showsUniversity of Alberta research is making new strides in discoveries about capturing and storing carbon – while yielding a high-value end product from carbon dioxide. A process that injects the greenhouse gas deep below ground, then circulates it to extract heat and geothermal energy, has proven viable in a feasibility study by U of A…

The hamster wheel of Canada’s carbon conversation

We're going around and around faster and faster, but the momentum doesn't get us any closer to a carbon solution now or into the future

The hamster wheel of Canada’s carbon conversationCanadians need to keep calm and carbon on. It's sound guidance even for those who want to engage more deeply in the critical conversations around carbon that will be so key in shaping Canada’s economic and energy future. But how long Canadians can remain calm is uncertain. Right now, many are legitimately frustrated by the various echo…

Wynne ignores lessons about the pitfalls of cap and trade

Ontarian households are going to feel the pain, while politically connected industries will reap a windfall

Wynne ignores lessons about the pitfalls of cap and tradeLast week, the Ontario government released draft regulations under which 102 large industrial emitters will get free allowances to produce greenhouse gases (GHGs) at current levels in 2017 and would then have to reduce their emissions by more than four per cent a year until 2020. Distributors of gasoline, home heating fuel and natural gas…