34 episodes

Fresh takes on the current affairs, business, technology and ideas behind the green economy. With a decidedly Canadian twist. New episodes every two weeks.

Smart Prosperity: The Podcast Smart Prosperity Institute

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Fresh takes on the current affairs, business, technology and ideas behind the green economy. With a decidedly Canadian twist. New episodes every two weeks.

    Mar 31: Are electric vehicles at a tipping point in Canada?

    Mar 31: Are electric vehicles at a tipping point in Canada?

    Are electric vehicles at a tipping point?
    The price of gasoline is spiking and suddenly so is demand for electric vehicles. Though Canada has been behind its peers when it comes to EV adoption, with only 5% of new vehicle purchases being electric in 2021, that could change quickly. Are we at a tipping point? This episode shares the latest data on market trends, cost comparisons, supply shortages, charging installation and equity issues. With: Joanna Kyriazis (Clean Energy Canada) & Jonathan Rubin (University of Maine).

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    • 28 min
    Mar 16: How did solar get so cheap?

    Mar 16: How did solar get so cheap?

    How did solar get so cheap?
    This episode comes courtesy of the smart folks at Energy vs. Climate podcast. Solar energy is the good news story of the 21st century so far. How did a clean energy technology drop from costing 105 dollars per watt of electricity down to just 20 cents over the span of a few decades? And how can other clean technologies ride the same curve? Here the team at Energy vs. Climate – Ed Whittingham, Sara Hastings-Simon and David Keith – interview the guy who wrote the book on it.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep 32: What next for Conservatives and climate change?

    Ep 32: What next for Conservatives and climate change?

    Canada's conservative party is back to the drawing board to come up with a climate plan. What does a credible conservative climate agenda look like in 2022? Is carbon pricing part of the package? Conservative insider Ken Boessenkool talks about the state of his party and how to mend a climate rift spreading in the rank and file. w/ Ken Boessenkool (Conservatives for Clean Growth).

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    • 25 min
    Feb 16: Carbon capture - why climate experts are divided over it

    Feb 16: Carbon capture - why climate experts are divided over it

    Despite being the world's second-biggest cause of climate change, most projections tell us that oil can be part of a climate friendly future. How so? The answer lies in a technology called Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage - or CCUS. But not everyone agrees that CCUS is a climate solution. This episode hears from both sides of the debate, and whether or not CCUS should be getting favourable treatment in Canada through a proposed investment tax credit. w/  Susannah Pierce (Shell Canada), Ed Whittingham (Energy vs. Climate) & Christina Hoicka (Univ. of Victoria).

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    • 33 min
    Dec 8: The biggest green economy stories of 2021

    Dec 8: The biggest green economy stories of 2021

    Phew, we did it, one more year of survival for the human race! To celebrate, we bring you the best and worst of the green economy in 2021. Four of Canada’s top journalists join host Eric Campbell for a fun retrospective on the year’s top stories: the triumphs, the failures, the surprises and the cruel ironies. And, because there’s a lot riding on the next calendar year, we also dabble in some predictions for 2022. 
    Guests: Heather Scoffield (Toronto Star), Adam Radwanski (The Globe and Mail), Mia Rabson (The Canadian Press) & Shawn McCarthy (Freelance)

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    • 45 min
    Nov 24: The post-covid fossil fuel boom

    Nov 24: The post-covid fossil fuel boom

    The post-covid fossil fuels boom
    Don’t look now but the world is in a fossil fuels boom. As the economy bounces back from covid-19, the global demand for oil, gas and coal is skyrocketing. Yet didn't international leaders just make new climate pledges that promise to cut out these fossil fuels? How do we make sense of this contradiction? How long will the fossil fuel boom last? And will it send our climate goals out of reach?
    Guests: Tim Gould (Chief Energy Economist, IEA), Jackie Forrest (Executive Director, Arc Energy) & Aaron Cosbey (Sr. Associate, IISD)

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Ontario Canuck ,

Acts like a clearinghouse for Canadian climate resources.

This is my go-to source for timely, concise and key updates on Canadian developments in terms of climate. Clean, focused, light yet serious. Multiple leads for deeper knowledge.

ARL81 ,

Very informative

If you’re interested in climate issues in Canada, this has been a very useful tool for staying up to date on issues.

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