The Pembina Institute
is a Canadian not-for-profit think tank focused on developing innovative sustainable energy solutions. Founded in 1985, the Institute has offices in Calgary
Calgary is a city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies...
, Drayton Valley, Edmonton
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, and Yellowknife.
Vision and Mission
Vision: The Pembina Institute envisions a world in which our immediate and future needs are met in a manner that protects the Earth's living systems; ensures clean air, land and water; prevents dangerous climate change
The related terms "avoiding dangerous climate change" and "preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system" date to 1995 and earlier, in the Second Assesment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change and previous science it cites.In 2002, the United Nations...
, and provides for a safe and just global community.
Mission: To advance sustainable energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy.
The Pembina Institute advocates for sustainable energy policy solutions that: take action on global warming, develop a thriving renewable energy sector, minimizes the negative impacts of oil sands and other high-impact energy development and provides smarter urban design and transportation choices for Canadians. At different times, they have advocated against the use of nuclear power
Nuclear power is the use of sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and electricity. Nuclear power plants provide about 6% of the world's energy and 13–14% of the world's electricity, with the U.S., France, and Japan together accounting for about 50% of nuclear generated electricity...
and fossil fuels (coal power and petroleum
Petroleum or crude oil is a naturally occurring, flammable liquid consisting of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons of various molecular weights and other liquid organic compounds, that are found in geologic formations beneath the Earth's surface. Petroleum is recovered mostly through oil drilling...
), and large scale hydroelectricity, favouring energy efficiency, conservation measures and renewable energy such as solar
Solar energy, radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation, along with secondary solar-powered resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass, account for most of the available...
and wind power
Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electricity, windmills for mechanical power, windpumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships....
The Pembina Institute is a non-profit sustainable energy think-tank. The majority of its revenue is project-specific and comes from two main areas: research and public education grants and fee-for-service contracts. Pembina's funding comes from a variety of sources and it does not receive direct core funding (i.e., to cover administration) from any source. http://www.pembina.org/about/revenue
1. Grants for environmental research and public education (47.7% of revenue)
Grants from charitable and non-charitable organizations are directed to specific energy and environment research and outreach initiatives. For example, with the support of the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, the Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education contracted the Pembina Institute to undertake a study examining options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the personal transportation sector in Ontario. Pembina also receives donations from individuals seeking to support specific environmental research and public education projects.
2. Fee-for-service contracts delivered to specific clients (41.1% of revenue)
Pembina competes for and delivers fee-for-service contracts for clients from a wide variety of sectors including industry (e.g., oil and gas, financial, renewable energy, real estate), government (municipalities; provincial and federal ministries and departments), First Nations groups and other community and environmental organizations.
3. Other sources of funding
Other sources of funding are event sponsorships, annual donations, wind power referral fees and interest income.
A complete list of funders is available each year in the Pembina Institute's Annual Report.
Patrick Moore is a former environmental activist, known as one of the early members of Greenpeace, in which he was an activist from 1971 to 1986...
has criticised the Pembina Institute for suggesting the carbon emission reduction benefits of nuclear technology were being exaggerated by the nuclear industry and has also stated that some of the Pembina Institute's concerns about nuclear power are "baseless".
Renewable is Doable
Renewable is doable plan is a WWF-Canada and the Pembina Institute initiative.
- Maisie Shiell
Maisie Shiell became involved in anti-nuclear issues in 1976 when public concern developed about a new uranium mine in Saskatchewan. At sixty-one years of age, Shiell began learning how to translate highly technical issues about radioactivity into something she could understand and pass along to...
- West Coast Environmental Law
West Coast Environmental Law is an environmental law and public advocacy organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It believes in a just and sustainable society where citizens are empowered to protect the environment and environmental protection is enshrined in law. It fulfills...
- Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund
The Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund is a legal aid program based in British Columbia, Canada that provides grants to individuals, community groups and environmental organizations who need to hire legal representation to assist them in resolving an environmental problem or dispute...