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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.


Energy vs Climate Energy vs Climate

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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.


    Energy vs Climate vs Offsets

    Energy vs Climate vs Offsets

    On Season 4, Episode 6 of EvC, Sara, David and Ed tackle the thorny and always controversial topic of carbon offsets, live at Avatar Innovations at The Energy Transition Centre in downtown Calgary.
    An offset in principle is paying someone else - a company, or a country - to reduce emissions that you yourself cannot, or simply will not reduce. What is the role of offsets in helping the world to avoid dangerous climate change? What's 'additionality' when it comes to offsets, and is it fundamental or merely an after thought? How are offset markets regulated to ensure integrity? And should you bother to click that "yes" button to offset your flight emissions?

    @1:10 EvC Live held at the Energy Transition Center, at the Ampersand 
    @2:02 Infidelity Offsets video from Climate Ad Project
    @4:15 Business Renewable Centre of Canada 
    @4:48 Guide to Purchasing Carbon Offsets with Pembina Institute  
    @5:48 CDM mechanism to reduce emissions by developed countries - Kyoto Protocol 
    @10:05 Additionality, permanence, leakage 101 
    @23:09 Example of voluntary offsets 
    @24:30 Two flavours of offsets: Alberta Emissions Offset Registry and the Emissions Performance Credit Registry 
    @32:41 Discussion on the quality of voluntary offsets

    @37:43 Gaming the system with low quality voluntary offsets  
    @53:50 Low-cost American airline, JetBlue, moving away from carbon offsets 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    COP 27 Debrief

    COP 27 Debrief

    David (just back from Egypt), Sara, Ed and special guest Adrien Abécassis, Chief Policy Officer of the Paris Peace Forum and former Advisor to the French President (also just back) unpack COP 27 and what it means for Canada and the world going forward on Season 4 Episode 5 of Energy vs Climate.

    @1:31 Adrien Abécassis, former senior advisor to the French president, and the Chief Policy officer of the Paris Peace Forum

    @7:55 Key outcomes of the COP27

    @9:28 $750 billion a year into clean energy and energy transition

    @12:00 Recap Paris Agreements had much bigger outcomes

    @15:30 A fair transition for developing countries to meet global emission objectives

    @24:20 Climate change impacts will affect GDP   

    @32:00 Canada’s fossil fuel industry send delegates to COP27

    @35:50 Climate Overshoot Commission 

    • 51 min
    IEA Energy Scenarios

    IEA Energy Scenarios

    Published each year, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) is a leading source of scenario-based analysis of global energy demand and supply. This year’s WEO explores the impact of both short-term volatility in energy markets and the long-term trend of decarbonization.
    What do the analysis and insights tell us about potential pathways for the world’s energy future and the implications for Canada’s natural resources? How is government action and technological development changing the shape of these pathways and what are the major sources of uncertainty? And what can Canada do to prepare for these potential futures?
    On Season 4 Episode 4 of Energy vs Climate David, Sara, Ed, and the International Energy Agency’s Chief Energy Economist, Tim Gould discuss the 2022 World Energy Outlook and its implications for Canada.

    @2:25 – International Energy Agency’s: The World Energy Outlook Report
    @6:40 – Shell’s Energy Modeling
    @8:00- Key findings of the World Energy Outlook
    @8:29 – Extreme Heat & Global Food Insecurity
    @9:46- Europe’s Fit for 55 Package 
    @13:18 Improving the way we think about projecting future energy use and emissions of carbon dioxide
    @24:15 Global Energy crisis can lead to a cleaner and more secure future
    @29:05 New energy-security paradigm 
    @32:14 Designing the mid-transition: A review of medium term challenges for coordinated decarbonization on in the U.S
    @34:20 Doyne Farmer’s Empirically Grounded Technology Forecasts and the Energy Transition
    @35:40 Canada’s LNG exports to Asian market and what it means for emissions
    @46:50 Russia’s role as global energy supplier will continue to shrink
    @54:54 China’s pledge to promote low Carbon energy development


    • 57 min
    U.S. Policy vs Climate

    U.S. Policy vs Climate

    After months of uncertainty the United States passed the biggest climate bill in its history, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Coming on the heels of the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and combined with executive action across government agencies, the actions represent a major turning point in US climate action at the federal level.
    But what is actually in the IRA, and what comes next for implementation? How does the US approach compare to Canada’s actions on climate and how will Canadian companies and citizens be impacted by these new developments? What should Canada do to prepare for this new world – to both protect our industries and leverage the opportunities that may arise?

    On Season 4 Episode 3 of Energy vs Climate, David, Sara, and Ed ‘gang’ up on the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act with Katherine Hamilton, formerly of the Energy Gang podcast and break down the act's impact on energy policy north of the border.


    @1:28 Welcoming Katherine Hamilton, Chair of 38 North Solutions
    @2:28 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
    @3:25 Historic bipartisan deal ahead of IRA
    @5:26 Democrats claim to cut CO2 emission by roughly 40% by 2030
    @7:23 Tax credits for low- and middle-income communities
    @7:29 Supporting a just transition for coal communities
    @14:26 Over $20 billion to set up national non-profit green bank
    @15:03 Canada’s Infrastructure Bank, Growth Fund, and Canadian Innovation and Investment Agency
    @ 30:29 Alberta’s industrial carbon offsets and free allocations

    • 48 min
    War vs Climate

    War vs Climate

    David, Sara, Ed, and climate economist Gernot Wagner of Columbia University discuss Europe’s energy crisis and its implications for Canadian energy exports, on Season 4 Episode 2 of Energy vs Climate.

    Episode Notes
    @1:12 Welcoming Dr. Gernot Wagner of Columbia University
    @2:18 How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights the crisis and opportunity of the energy transition
    @4:00  Europe’s dependency on Russia’s Cheap Gas
    @12:17 Germany Charters LNG Terminals
    @17:18 Expansion of heat pump manufacturing - Pinkafeld 
    @20:28 How Europe Got Hooked on Russian Gas Despite Reagan’s Warnings
    @23:32 The push for LNG Long term contracts
    @34:18 Alleged sabotage of Russian gas pipelines
    @38:04 Canada’s LNG Export Terminals
    @43:37 Inflation Reduction Act
    @46:22  Rising EV demand and the push for Lithium 

    • 58 min
    The Big Fix

    The Big Fix

    On Episode 35 of Energy vs Climate, David, Sara and Ed are back for Season 4! They interview acclaimed energy policy advisor, Hal Harvey, and award-winning New York times reporter Justin Gillis about their new book, The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save our Planet; an examination of seven areas where communities and individuals can insert themselves into key political decisions to ensure the most climate conscious choices are being made.

    @0:33 The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet 
    @3:23 Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, Energy Foundation, Energy Foundation China,  European Climate Foundation, ClimateWorks
    @10:00 The Inflation Reduction Act 
    @15:30 Alberta Utilities Commission
    @21:45 California's Title 24
    @24:05 Norwegian EV policy - Norsk elbilforening
    @27:15 California Gov. bans sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035
    @42:15 Moore's Law vs. Wright's Law (forbes.com)
    @55:02 Jigar Shah | Department of Energy

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

kejwilson ,

Quality Conversation and Experts

Really enjoying this podcast — incredibly thought provoking discussion and subject matter experts! A must listen for anyone looking to understand more about energy, emission contributors, and the ways we can address them.

dude-8 ,

Poor sound quality

Great show! But I’m missing some of the points became the sound quality is very choppy. Rewinding does no good. ☹️

warrengreeves ,

A leading podcast

Omg the last episode was the best.

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