The Future of Energy in a Carbon Constrained World

The Future of Energy in a Carbon Constrained World

About the event

Energy is an essential part of modern day life. Yet in many ways it is taken for granted. Many people do not understand the various current sources of energy, the economic and social factors driving energy demand and future forecasts for that demand, and the role of various types of energy supply expected to meet that demand. Canada’s oil sands have been a topic of much discussion, especially given the recent drop in the price of oil.

The discussion of climate change has focused on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) caused by the use of fossil fuels. The past 15 years have seen many international efforts to deal with GHGs, from Kyoto to Copenhagen to Paris in the fall of 2015. The recent discussion of carbon regulation range from cap and trade regimes, carbon pricing and other regulatory regimes. The recent report of the Ecofiscal Commission here in Canada has made a number of recommendations in this area that will likely become a matter of public discussion, both in policy circles as well as in the next federal election.

These issues will be discussed by Jim Hughes and Couchiching host Brian Livingston. Please join us in what no doubt prove to be a lively and informative discussion.


About Jim Hughes and Brian Livingston

Jim Hughes is a retired executive from Imperial Oil, with over 40 years’ experience in the energy business. He had a particular involvement in the area of energy supply and demand, trends in energy usage and international efforts in the area of greenhouse gas emissions. He continues to serve on an advisory committee to the Canadian energy Research Institute in Calgary.


Brian Livingston is also a retired executive from Imperial Oil. He is both an engineer and a lawyer by training. He is currently an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and a past president of the Petroleum Club in Calgary. He is also a director of the Couchiching Institute.


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