As discussed in Part 1 of this three-part series, Canada’s downstream subsector presently is the closest to achieving the level of emission reductions proposed in the federal government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) — 31 per cent below 2005 levels by end of decade/42 per cent below 2019 levels — whereas the midstream subsector has reduced emissions by a relatively modest amount to date (see Figure 1).
November 30, 2023, 6 AM MST
As discussed in Part 1 of this series, Canada’s conventional oil and gas subsector may be able to achieve the level of emission reductions proposed in the federal government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan — 31 per cent below 2005 levels by end of decade/42 per cent below 2019 levels — but the oilsands subsector doesn’t have a chance due to massive production increases dwarfing improvements in emissions intensity (see Figure 1).
November 21, 2023, 6 AM MST
The federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap is coming — much like winter in HBO’s blockbuster hit series Game of Thrones — with its draft legislation likely to be released by the end of the year.
November 14, 2023, 12 AM MST
As discussed in Part 1 of this series, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and provincial Crown corporation SaskPower have stated in the most extreme terms that transitioning to a low-carbon power grid by 2035 — the goal of the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) — is not achievable as it “isn’t feasible technically, logistically, or financially."
October 31, 2023, 6 AM MDT
As discussed in Part 1 of this series, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) projected the cost of achieving a net-zero grid in Alberta by 2035 to be substantially higher than under a more gradual decarbonization approach in its “Net-Zero Emissions Pathways Report” released in June 2022.
October 25, 2023, 8 AM MDT
The British Columbia government was the quickest Canadian province to release a clean hydrogen strategy in July 2021, and in many ways appears to have the most developed and systematic strategy for developing a hydrogen economy in their province.
October 11, 2023, 12 AM MDT
The Canadian government released a draft version of its Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) in August, with the goal of achieving net-zero emission grids in all provinces and territories by 2035.
October 3, 2023, 9 AM MDT
Ontario appears to be taking more of a shotgun approach to its low-carbon hydrogen industry, in terms of sources of clean hydrogen and the markets it will serve in the province, than Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec — the focus of earlier parts of this series — based on a strategy document released in April 2022.
September 26, 2023, 12 AM MDT
Three high-ranking representatives from major oil and gas producing jurisdictions expressed similar views about matters related to net-zero emissions on a ministerial roundtable at the 2023 World Petroleum Congress in Calgary.
September 21, 2023, 8:30 AM MDT
The Quebec government appears to have relatively low expectations for the province’s clean hydrogen industry compared to either Alberta or Atlantic Canada — the focus of Part 2 and Part 3 of this series, respectively — despite releasing a Green Hydrogen and Bioenergy Strategy in May 2022.
September 11, 2023, 6 AM MDT
Atlantic Canada is off to a fast start in the global clean hydrogen race, with a plethora of small and large-scale projects proposed for the region — especially wind-based export projects in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), with projects in Nova Scotia presently leading the pack.
August 23, 2023, 6 AM MDT
“We believe Alberta is on track to become a major producer and exporter of clean hydrogen and ammonia,” Alberta Energy and Minerals Minister Brian Jean tells the Bulletin.
August 9, 2023, 6 AM MDT
The federal and a number of provincial governments have released strategies in the past few years to help develop a strong clean hydrogen economy in Canada in the coming decades to stimulate economic growth and job creation and to slash the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
July 24, 2023, 12 AM MDT
In Part 1 of this series, I argued that the direct air capture (DAC) industry is at last achieving liftoff, largely due to government support, especially in the U.S.
July 10, 2023, 6 AM MDT
Los Angeles-based CarbonCapture Inc. is taking a very different approach to developing large-scale direct air capture (DAC) projects than Carbon Engineering, in terms of type of sorbent, its open architecture and modular design, and all-encompassing business model (see The Direct Air Capture Series, Part 2 – Carbon Engineering Is The Dominant Force).
July 4, 2023, 12 AM MDT
Squamish, B.C.-based Carbon Engineering, in partnership with 1PointFive, an arm of U.S. mega-independent Occidental Petroleum, is the dominant force in the fledgling direct air capture plus storage (DAC+S) industry, with the potential to remain so far into the future.
June 13, 2023, 12 AM MDT
An inability to get global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under control since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in December 1997 has put the planet behind the proverbial eight-ball.
June 8, 2023, 12 AM MDT
Lithium is found in geothermal brine in a number of countries and regions in the world, including Central Europe, China, New Zealand and Iceland, but the Salton Sea region in the southeastern corner of California is widely viewed as the most prospective and likely to achieve commercial-scale lithium production first.
May 30, 2023, 12 AM MDT
Despite being a relatively new company, Calgary-based Grounded Lithium has quickly established itself as a major prospective lithium producer in Western Canada.
May 16, 2023, 8:07 AM MDT
E3 Lithium, the pioneering lithium resource and technology company based in Calgary, expects Alberta to become one of the world’s largest lithium producers in coming decades, and the company to drive much of the province’s production growth by commercializing a direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology needed to exploit Alberta’s lithium-rich brine and by developing its own massive lithium resource.
May 8, 2023, 8:30 AM MDT
Over the past several years the federal government has been investing to build businesses all along the critical minerals value chain in an attempt to seize what it views as a “generational opportunity” to create “significant wealth and sustainable jobs in every region of the country” to make “Canada a clean energy and technology supplier of choice in a net-zero world.”
May 2, 2023, 6 AM MDT
The future appears bright for Canada’s lithium extraction industry, with the country’s critical minerals supply chain becoming increasingly prominent on the world stage.
April 10, 2023, 12 AM MDT
As discussed in Part 1 of this multi-part series, the never-ending bull market for lithium will provide huge opportunities for companies and countries that can bring new lithium supply online relatively quickly and efficiently, especially from higher quality resource, in the coming decades.
April 4, 2023, 6 AM MDT
The spot price of lithium shot to record highs late last year — almost triple the previous record set in 2018 — on the back of skyrocketing global consumption primarily due to booming electric vehicle (EV) sales, before declining somewhat the past few months.
March 8, 2023, 12 AM MST
Greenfield Global, the largest ethanol producer in Canada, and one of the largest in North America, plans to make significant investments to support the global shift to low carbon fuels, including plans to pivot towards fuels of the future — whether by process or type — such as renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and green hydrogen and derivative e-fuels such as marine fuel methanol.
February 23, 2023, 6 AM MST