Collaboratively addressing complex sustainability challenges

The energy transition requires more than just technological advancement. It involves a multi-faceted approach that recognizes the complexities and interconnectedness between our social systems and our energy system.

To better understand these connections, innovators and influencers from across Alberta join the Energy Futures Lab as Fellows and Partners to collectively address current and future energy challenges.

Role and Value of the Energy Futures Lab

As a trusted convenor, connector, storyteller and catalyzer of innovative energy system initiatives and solutions, the Energy Futures Lab supports change-makers as they collaboratively explore the following question:

How can we leverage our leadership position in today’s energy system to create the energy system that the future requires of us?

Our Brand Manifesto

We know that the differences shaping our personal and collective histories are a source of knowledge and zest that inspire resilience, giving us the confidence to solve problems along the way. 

This knowledge compels us to reimagine the rules by which we navigate. And thus we say: let us approach our shared challenge with boldness and curiosity, let us acknowledge that our actions have consequences today and in the future, and most importantly, let us leave no one behind.

Initiatives

We are continuously iterating a unique and evolving portfolio of initiatives to collaboratively explore emerging opportunities and challenges facing our energy future. Each initiative can be considered in terms of a standalone challenge; however, on the whole, the portfolio demonstrates the interconnectedness and multi-layer complexity currently defining Alberta and Canada’s energy system.

Future-Fit Hydrocarbons

Innovation can secure a global role for Alberta’s hydrocarbon resources in a low-carbon future.

Leveraging our Energy Assets

New value can be found in Alberta’s legacy energy assets and infrastructure.

People in Transition

Alberta’s workers can thrive in a low carbon economy if we support skill development and transfer.

Community Resilience

New approaches to economic development, community planning, and mobility can prepare Alberta’s communities for success.

Indigenous Leadership

Energy transition presents new opportunities for trust and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Alberta.

Emerging Energy Transition Industries

Supporting the emergence of new growth industries that will position Alberta’s economy to thrive in a low-carbon emission future.

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This post is part 3 of 3 exploring sustainable finance, bringing together the perspectives of three of our Core Working Group members: Patrycja Drainville (Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Scotiabank), Chad Park (Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Cooperators), and Jamie Bonham (Director of Corporate Engagement, NEI Investments)

Big wins and big losses will continue shaping Alberta’s energy transition

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Transition is a sticky word for a lot of people. Add “net-zero” or “pipeline” to the mix and you might even spark a wave of public passion. But emotions are always anchored in something and those relating to Alberta’s energy transition carry no exception. Sure, through the years we’ve talked about net-zero by 2050 but these conversations have often carried an element of speculation. A nice theory, one might say, but how will we get there? While the answer to this question is neither simple nor obvious, the events of last week offer a little insight into the nature of energy transition.

Why Future Fit Hydrocarbons are the bridge to a better future

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This post is part 2 of 3 exploring sustainable finance, bringing together the perspectives of three of our Core Working Group members: Patrycja Drainville (Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Scotiabank), Chad Park (Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Cooperators), and Jamie Bonham (Director of Corporate Engagement, NEI Investments)

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Aatif Baskanderi

Chief Executive Officer, The Northpine Foundation

Our energy future requires empathetic connections to work together to solve issues for all of us.