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NRC Supports Social Housing Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Pembina Institute,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-03-22
In Vancouver, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $600,000 investment in the British Columbia-based Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects in Vancouver and to support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.

As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada. The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release. (Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558, www.pembina.org; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Pembina Institute,  


Lafarge Cement Researching Low-Carbon Fuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
Lafarge
Date: 2018-01-12
Cement manufacturing giant Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada.

Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.

Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc. (Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge news,  Low-Carbon Fuel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Cement news,  


Freight emissions could be roadblock for Paris accord targets: Pembina Institute
Pembina Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
According to a new report released Wednesday by the Pembina Institute. Greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods across the country are on pace to surpass passenger emissions around 2030 and could be a major obstacle if Canada hopes to meet its climate targets, As of 2015, freight transportation accounted for 10.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and is the fastest growing segment within the transportation sector, the environmental think-tank’s report says. The report says government and industry players must partner to accelerate adoption of practices, technologies and policies that will enhance environmental performance in the freight sector, particularly when it comes to trucking. The report’s statistics and projections regarding transportation emissions are based on those presented in the federal government’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change. (Source: Pembna Institute, Financial Post, 14 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Transportation Emissions news,  


Bullfrog Power, Less Emissions to Reduce Canada C3 Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Bullfrog Power
Date: 2017-06-02
Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power and its sister company Less Emissions Inc. are announcing an environmental partnership with Canada C3, an expedition that aims to engage millions of Canadians from across the country, both virtually and on board the Canada C3 ship.

Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power will provide green electricity for the Canada C3 "Ship t' Shore" events across the country as well as green fuel for the first leg of the Canada C3 Expedition. This will be the first time that Bullfrog's green fuel has been used to reduce the impact of ship travel in Canada. The impact of the remaining legs of the journey will be addressed by high-quality offsets from Less Emissions Inc. Bullfrog Power's producers will inject renewable energy into the grid to match the amount of conventional electricity used during the "Ship t' Shore" events, which will be occurring throughout the 150-day journey. Bullfrog's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

For the remaining legs of the Canada C3 expedition, carbon offsets will be provided by Less Emissions Inc. to offset the remaining carbon emissions that will created by the ship's travels. Less Emissions is Canada's highest quality offset provider as ranked by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute. Less' Canadian-based offsets are sourced from projects that have achieved certification under the internationally recognized VER+ Standard. (Source: Bullfrog Power , PR , 30 May, 2017) Contact: Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com; Canada C3: Mireille Sylvester, (613) 513-6424, mireille@canadac3.ca, www.Canadac3.ca; Less Emissions Inc, www.less.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Credits,  Green Power,  


Pembina Releases Passive House Report (Ind. Report Attached)
Pembina Institute, Zero Emissions Building
Date: 2016-12-05
In British Columbia, the Canadian environmental think-tank Pembina Institute reports that Vancouver is poised to implement its new Zero Emissions Building Plan, and the B.C. and federal governments have signaled changes are coming to building and energy efficiency regulations and policies as part of each jurisdiction's plans to slash carbon pollution. These changes will result in ultra energy efficient buildings becoming the norm by 2030, which will reduce the cost of utility bills for according to Pembina's Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures report.

The report tracks the rapid growth of Passive House buildings, assesses their costs and benefits, and sheds light on how public policy can encourage their adoption. The report notes the number of Passive House units in North America has quadrupled in the last year, from 500 to over 2,000 units. A quarter of the units (600) are in Vancouver alone, making the city a hotbed for the North American expansion of these green buildings that dramatically reduce carbon pollution and energy use, enhance comfort and durability, and boost the clean economy.

Download the report HERE (Source: Pembina Institute, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Pembina Institute, Dylan Heerema, Analyst, (604) 874-8558, www.pembina.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute,  Passive House,  Energy Efficiency,  Zero Emissions Building,  

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