Talking Sustainable Energy

The 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar series focused on economic, social and environmental issues informing current debates over energy policy.  It is organized by ONSEP and hosted by the Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC).   Each webinar will feature a presentation by the guest speaker followed by questions and discussion, lasting approximately one hour.  Most webinars will be scheduled Thrusdays at 12pm Eastern, but keep an eye on our Twitter feed or join our mailing list to receive notices as new talks are scheduled. 

Talking Sustainable Energy: Sustainable Energy in Canada's Arctic Region

In the summer of 2014 the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut commissioned a report to provide an overview of energy (electricity and heating) supply and demand in Canada’s Arctic, relevant policies and programs regarding renewable energy, conservation and demand side management, and financial analyses regarding electricity system planning and heating.  An extensive report was submitted to Polar Knowledge Canada in 2015.  The report provides a contemporary snapshot of domestic energy usage in Canada’s Arctic (spanning Yukon in the west to Nunatsiavut in the east) with a focus on how Northern jurisdictions meet their electricity and space heating needs.

Specifically, the research team investigated the role of alternative energy options, including the governance, policies and financial analysis of these sectors. The team also examined the emerging field of energy conservation and efficiency measures, which have featured prominently in recent years. In addition we conducted eight case studies of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in the North to gain a better understanding of drivers, challenges, success factors in meeting project goals, and lessons learned.  As a result of this research, a series of policy recommendations and suggestions for future research were developed.

View the report here. 


This 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar will provide a summary of some of the major insights from the case studies and elaborates on some of the major policy and research recommendations.  The webinar will begin with opening remarks provided by Robert Cooke from POLAR, followed by three short presentations:

Lawrence Keyte is a northern alternative energy specialist with Polar Knowledge Canada


Dr Alexandra Mallett is an assistant professor at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) in Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Stephan Schott is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University

Presenters include Lawrence Keyte (POLAR), who will discuss the case studies done for this study; Dr. Alex Mallett (Carleton University) on policy recommendations; and Dr. Stephan Schott (Carleton University) on research recommendations.  

Presentations will be followed by an open discussion / question & answer period from the audience. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Dr. Nic Rivers on Pipelines and GHGs

'Talking Sustainable Energy' with Dr. Nic Rivers on Pipelines and GHGs

The approval of new oil pipelines to bring Western Canadian oil to global markets has attracted worldwide controversy. At the center of the controversy is whether new pipelines lead to greater global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  This talk will present the results of a new study that examines how oil pipeline infrastructure affects global GHG emissions.

Join us on November 5, 12:00pm EST to hear Dr. Nic Rivers of the University of Ottawa discuss this important issue.  To register for this webinar, please visit our Eventbrite page. 

Nic Rivers is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and at the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa.  He currently holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Climate and Energy Policy.  He conducts research on environmental policy, using quantitative tools, and teaches courses in environmental and natural resource policy, quantitative methods, and climate change

This 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar is organized by the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) and hosted by the Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC).  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

Dr. Jennie C. Stephens on Fossil Fuel Divestment

'Talking Sustainable Energy' with Dr. Jennie Stephens

The social movement to divest from fossil fuels has been growing rapidly, and fossil fuel divestment campaigns are particularly visible on university campuses.  Research analyzing the language and themes used to defend divestment decisions (among both organizations that are committed to divestment as well as organizations that are not committing to divestment) will be presented highlighting a diversity of institutional approaches and perspectives on fossil fuel divestment.

Dr. Stephens is an Associate Professor and Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at University of Vermont (UVM). She is a 2015-2016 Leopold Leadership fellow, and her book “Smart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) explores social and cultural debates surrounding energy system change (co-authored with Wilson and Peterson).

This 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar is organized by the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) and hosted by the Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC).  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00