NEWS RELEASE · 11th June 2010
What began as a local citizen's group in the small town of Drayton Valley, Alberta has grown to become a national sustainable energy think tank with 60 staff and offices across Canada.
Pembina policy analysts advise Prime Ministers, bureaucrats, citizens, corporations, environmental organizations and the media on a wide variety of issues including oil and gas, climate change, renewable energy, oil sands, sustainability, smart growth and much more.
Policy makers, journalists, and others come to Pembina for independent research on energy issues; here are a few recent examples:
Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity: A landmark report that showed Canada can deal with the serious issue of climate change and still maintain good economic growth and create new jobs
Drilling Deeper: The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card is the first comparative environmental assessment of in situ oil sands projects in Canada
Comparing U.S. and Canadian investments in sustainable energy in 2010, Pembina's analysis of Canadian and American budget documents shows the U.S. is set to outspend Canada nearly 18:1 per capita on renewables, and more than 8:1 per capita overall on clean energy programs and projects in 2010.
The institute has hundreds of reports on energy and the environment that have influenced the discussions of hundreds of thousands of people in Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
As Pembina's profile has grown, new offices have sprouted in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife. In its 25th year, with the global implications of energy and climate change policy, Pembina opened a Washington, D.C. bureau.
It seems almost surprising that the institute started in Drayton Valley, Alberta. But that's where in October 1982 in response to the worst sour gas incident in Canadian history, a small group of citizens started this grassroots effort.
"We experienced the Lodgepole blow-out, the largest industrial accident involving a huge sour gas well. My life was changed at that point and I was drawn into a host of community activist activities that led to my involvement in the Pembina Institute," said Rob Macintosh, one of the founders.
In the early days, Pembina worked on a wide range of issues including reducing sulphur emissions in the oil industry, apartheid, the development of a federal green plan and Pembina even helped create the Alberta Environmental Protection Act.
"The Pembina Institute went on to work on climate change, oil sands and renewable energy - some of the biggest energy issues of our time," said Marlo Raynolds, executive director of Pembina.
But not widely understood is that much of Pembina's work is with corporations, government and other non-profit organizations on solutions as well.
Mary Griffith's When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard, published in 2001, is symbolic of the Pembina persona. The guide was designed to help landowners better represent their own interests and the interests of the environment. And because of the work Griffiths did with industry, all stakeholders including industry, positively received the guide.
On June 11, 2010 staff, volunteers, partners and colleagues are gathering in Calgary, Alberta to mark a quarter-century of sustainable energy solutions.