- Wednesday, October 19, 2016
- 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
How best can Canada reduce its transportation emissions?
Live Panel Discussion
On October 4th, the Ecofiscal Commission released it’s latest report, Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies. Biofuels—such as ethanol and biodiesel—are a renewable alternative to fossil fuels for vehicles. To what extent have biofuel policies helped to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector? Are they the best way to do so given other competing technologies such as electric vehicles, compressed-natural gas engines, or hydrogen fuel cells? And what about other modes of transportation, including transit, cycling, ride sharing and—perhaps sooner than we all think—autonomous vehicles? These and more questions will be discussed during this live panel.
Chris RaganChair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics
Mark JaccardProfessor, Energy and Materials Research Group Simon Fraser University
Dianne ZimmermanProgram Director, Transportation & Urban Solutions Pembina Institute
Dianne is the director of the Pembina Institute’s transportation and urban solutions program in Ontario. Dianne focuses on engaging in a variety of strategies and activities characteristic of the Pembina Institute: policy research and analysis, transportation sector data analysis and scenario modelling; convening, consulting and collaborating on projects with key stakeholders; and awareness building via public and media engagement. The emphasis in Ontario is to support sustainable transportation solutions and location-efficient development in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, while sharing research and pilot project experiences with other jurisdictions across Canada.
Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Dianne worked for Suncor Energy supporting their climate change action plan, implemented greenhouse gas regulations, advocated for policies and incentives to increase renewable energy development and worked collaboratively with stakeholders to find solutions to complex sustainability and energy issues. She led the stakeholder consultation process to build two large scale wind energy projects (totalling 140 MW) under Ontario’s Green Energy Act. She has also worked with Pollution Probe, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Summerhill Group.
Dianne has a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and a bachelor of arts degree in commerce and environmental studies from the University of Toronto, and is a LEED accredited professional. She is co-founder of Connecting Environmental Professionals and past co-chair of Alberta EcoTrust Foundation, and she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family and lives in Port Credit – a great example of a location-efficient community.
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