With its energy exports to Asia reducing world-wide emissions, Canada could benefit from an international carbon credit trading agreement. But flawed carbon accounting and insufficient liquidity in the international market stand in the way.
Posted by Resource Works | February 25, 2021 5:54 PM
Canada boasts an impressive abundance of water resources, but jurisdictional overlap and over-regulation are drying up opportunities. As the federal government plans a new Canada Water Agency, stakeholders urge greater consultation.
Posted by Resource Works | February 23, 2021 2:45 PM
"If activists are going to attack the Canadian oil industry they should understand what the science really says about the relative GHG intensity of Canadian crudes," says scientist and public communicator Blair King, Ph.D.
Posted by Resource Works | January 27, 2021 9:08 AM
In December, the federal government shuttered nineteen fish farms on the Discovery Islands, putting over 1,500 Vancouver Island families out of work. With the future of BC aquaculture in question, Josiah Haynes compares where the federal parties stand.
Posted by Josiah Haynes | January 20, 2021 10:28 PM
From battling misinformation during the Wet’suwet’en crisis to launching the Resource Innovation Forum, Resource Works proved itself a critical advocate for Canada’s resource sectors. We look back on 2020, a year of adapting to meet new challenges and emerging opportunities.
Posted by Josiah Haynes | January 07, 2021 12:39 AM
"Scientists have spoken but the government prefers to listen to activists and not to the people who live and work here,” says Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas. Phasing out open-net salmon farming would mean more costs on industry, less benefit to communities.
Posted by Resource Works | December 30, 2020 2:11 PM
Sustainably reaching climate targets requires meeting the double bottom line—reducing GHGs while boosting commercial viability. Hydrogen experts Marty Reed and Chris Reid say that the road to green energy is blue.
Posted by Resource Works | December 18, 2020 7:05 PM
Though he long had "difficulty" with the venture, British Columbia's new Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister now acknowledges the project deemed to be in the national interest has its approvals and is going forward.
Posted by Resource Works | December 14, 2020 9:51 PM
Critics of the pipeline project are outdoing themselves to seed doubt and confusion. In spite of this, those who care about Canadian economic-environmental balance needn't worry: TMX will be productive, profitable and climate-friendly for many decades. Stewart Muir explains why.
Posted by Stewart Muir | December 11, 2020 12:32 PM
According to recent findings by the Canadian Energy Centre, revenue generated from oil and gas eclipsed the federal government's contribution to family allowance and children’s benefits since 1970. The CEC's Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan weigh in.
Posted by Resource Works | November 16, 2020 8:30 AM
A Chemist in Langley, Blair King, recently wrote about yet another flawed publication by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). We've reprinted his expert review of the dodgy analysis in that report.
WATCH: Our second instalment of the Resource Innovation Forum featured Wes Jickling, Chief Executive of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), for a discussion on the collaboration that advances the environmental performance of Canada's major oil sands producers.
Posted by Resource Works | November 06, 2020 3:21 PM
WATCH: On Thursday, October 28th, we were joined by University of Calgary Chancellor Deborah Yedlin and RBC Senior Vice-President John Stackhouse for a discussion with moderator Stewart Muir on how institutional partnerships can advance innovation in Canada's oil sands.
Posted by Resource Works | November 04, 2020 10:07 AM
We’re still awaiting the rules and regulations that the federal government is drafting to execute its plan to achieve net-zero emissions in Canada by 2050. Industries and resource projects from coast to coast to coast know they will be compelled by 2050 to eliminate or offset greenhouse-gas emissions, but how?
Posted by Resource Works | October 27, 2020 11:41 AM
As the world becomes more and more digital, and manufacturing becomes greener, there will be increasing demand for critical metals, minerals and rare earths. And Canada can play a key role in supplying them.
Posted by Resource Works | October 26, 2020 10:35 AM
BC's mining industry contributes $7.4 billion to BC’s economy (GDP). It spends $3 billion to purchase goods and services from 3,700 small, medium and Indigenous businesses in 215 BC communities. And it spends $330 million on exploration.
So how is this critical industry coping with the carbon price? And why do governments seem set on making it more difficult and expensive for our mines to operate, and more difficult to compete in world markets?
Posted by Resource Works | October 23, 2020 2:39 PM
A fellow we see constantly on social media greets pretty much every post about oil and gas with a simple: “H2 is the answer.” We can understand his enthusiasm for hydrogen, a fuel you can burn to provide energy, and the only emission at the end is ... water. No greenhouse gases, no noxious particles, no pollution, no problem.
Trouble is, that word "simple” is all too true.
Posted by Resource Works | October 06, 2020 12:57 PM
Slapping the word "clean" on a policy signifies high hopes for its environmental effects. That sparkle wears off quickly if the result turns out to be costly, clunky or counterproductive because it is driven by the stick of regulation rather than the carrot of positive business incentivization. Stewart Muir looks at how market-driven solutions can show promising results in creating climate improvement.
Posted by Stewart Muir | September 30, 2020 9:01 AM