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Nov 24, 2014 - Stranded Assets, Unburnable Carbon, & the Carbon Bubble:Renewable Energy & the Clean Energy Economy

"The vast majority of [fossil fuel] reserves are unburnable."
Mark Carney, Bank of England governor

  • Why are the vast majority of oil, gas, and coal reserves unburnable?
  • As stranded assets, what are the economic risks and impacts of this carbon bubble?
  • How can Alberta and Canada transition from unburnable carbon to clean renewable energy and a resilient economy? 

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Presentation materials

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In the media

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Keynote speakers

1. James Leaton, Research Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative (London, UK) (in-person)

James has been leading Carbon Tracker’s Research since 2010. James is lead author of the Unburnable Carbon series of reports which have introduced the concepts of carbon bubble, unburnable carbon and stranded assets.
He has fifteen years sustainability experience across responsible investment, NGO policy and private sector consultancy. James was a senior policy advisor at WWF-UK focusing on the oil and gas sector and related finance. He co-ordinated the successful Sakhalin II campaign which prevented the oil and gas project receiving project finance. His strategic thinking initiated WWF’s work on the oilsands in Canada which was subsequently adopted as a campaign by the Co-operative Bank and other NGOs. James brings experience of the financial sector and international development from his time as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2. Clare Demerse, Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada (video-linked)

clare_200x200Clare manages our policy engagement on federal and national  issues, focusing on renewable energy and sustainable transportation from our Ottawa office. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Clare worked on federal climate policy with the Pembina Institute, was a Gordon Foundation Global Fellow and is a current fellow of the Broadbent Institute.  Clare holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa 

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Agenda

8:40 am – Pre-conference refreshment break

9:00 am – Brief Welcome - Thanks to faculty and community partners: Science, Social Work, Arts, Schulich School of Engineering; Environmental Design, Werklund School of Education, Van Horne Institute; Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia); logistics: washrooms, breaks and lunch; emergency evacuation procedure and muster point (Melody); welcome to special guests:  MLAs, Senators or MPs, policy analysts (conference chair: Dr. Mishka Lysack, U of C)

9:10 am – Economic Risks of Carbon-Centered Economies in Canada & Alberta:
Stranded Assets, Unburnable Carbon, & the Carbon Bubble,
by James Leaton, Research Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

9:40 am – Discussion in pairs

9:45 am – Panel Dialogue
  • Noel Keough, Assistant Professor, Urban Design, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
  • John A. Cook, President and CEO, Greenchip Financial Corp. (via GTM)
  • Jason Switzer, Co-Director, National Projects and Consulting, Pembina Institute

10:15 am – Q & A

10:30 am – Break

10:50 am – Pathways to Renewable Energy & a Resilient Economy in an Era of Climate Change & Unburnable Carbon, by Clare Demerse, Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada (via GTM)

11:20 am – Discussion in pairs

11:25 am – Panel Dialogue:

  • Marlo, Raynolds, Vice-president Market Development, Bluearth Renewables Inc.
  • Paula McGarrigle, Managing Director, SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.
  • Ken Hogg, Owner, Renewable Energy Solutions TM

11:40 am – Q & A

11:55 am – Wrap up & Thanks – Dr Mishka Lysack (Conference Director; associate professor, Social Work)

12:00 pm – Forum concludes

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Conference Director

Dr. Mishka Lysack, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Thank you to our partners

Science, Social Work, Arts, Schulich School of Engineering; Environmental Design, Werklund School of Education; Van Horne Institute; Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia). This conference is funded in part by a grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).