Climate Change and Energy Transformation

Climate Change and Energy Transformation

In the near future Canadian agriculture will experience longer growing seasons fostering its economic value, yet extreme events and water will lead to more uncertainty. UCalgary community members are coming together to make breakthroughs in climate research. The challenges brought forth through climate change are being addressed with both societal and technological responses.

Dr. Guillaume Lhermie

Director, The Simpson Centre


Researcher aims to optimize Canada’s climate policy network

Researcher aims to optimize Canada’s climate policy network

A UCalgary researcher is the principal investigator of a multistage project aiming to optimize Canada’s climate policy network. The project team is working together to create a depository to assist regulators, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders learn more about effective strategies for the evolution of carbon pricing regulation.

Provincial funding earmarked for UCalgary clean-energy projects

Provincial funding earmarked for UCalgary clean-energy projects

The Government of Alberta invested $13 million split across 22 projects in Alberta to advance clean energy solutions. Two projects at the Schulich School of Engineering will receive funding, which will look at improving battery performance for renewable energy storage and harnessing innovative digital technology in the energy sector.

The water rises in the South Funen by Knud Erik Christensen

Professor publishes chapter in Climate Change Law Handbook

As part of the Research Handbook on Climate Change Law and Loss & Damage, a UCalgary professor Sharon Mascher has published "Towards a civil liability regime for climate-related loss and damage" which offers an insightful review of how legal systems can and should adjust to fairly and effectively support loss and damage claims in climate change law.

Over 1,200 Clean Energy and Climate Action Research Publications
Wind farm in the field, wind turbines spin to generate electricity, alternative energy and green technology at sunset

Teaching, learning and student experience

Smoky mountains in British Columbia with a truck on the roadside

Science of Climate Change course

UCalgary geoscience professor would like to see more people talking about heat, smoke and everything else that’s been a hallmark of recent summers, because local concern is key to driving politicians to action on climate change at a global level. This interest in better-informed climate conversations led to the design of a geoscience course that’s open to all university students, called Science of Climate Change.

Big and toxic smoke that comes from an industrial chimney.

Extractive Resource Governance Program

Environmental, social and governance criteria increasingly reflect the standards companies and organizations operate by. These metrics have become critically important to investors, consumers and stakeholders across the value chain. UCalgary's School of Public Policy, founded the Extractive Resource and Governance Program to provide knowledge on Canadian best practices from strategic advising to training, research to global projects.

Highway into mountains, sunny day

Mobilizing Alberta: $1.6M Climate Action Grant

The new Mobilizing Alberta (MA) Climate Action Grant aims to help strengthen capacity for advancing climate action across Southern Alberta by providing experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty and community members. MA is a multi-year initiative funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Coming up, there will be a variety of engaging events and accessible, solutions-focused climate-education resources and tools for Southern Albertans.

36% Reduction in GHG Emissions
Solar cells at MacKimmie Block/ Hunter Student Commons

Campus and community impact

World’s largest showcase of performance designers at UCalgary

World’s largest showcase of performance designers at UCalgary

World Stage Design (WSD) is the first and only designer-based exhibition to showcase and celebrate performance design. WSD welcomes several hundred artists, designers, technicians and architects from around the globe who practice, study, and create performing arts events. WSD provides an opportunity to demonstrate connections to Indigenous ways of knowing, sustainability, and future technologies.

Calgary downtown skyline, animated

Calgary Climate Symposium

UCalgary partners with the City of Calgary for the Calgary Climate Symposium to continue the conversation about climate change, share how it affects Calgarians, and what we can do together. Some topics explored during the symposium include lowering our carbon future to leverage economic opportunities, and strengthening communities to be resilient to climate change impacts and hazards.

Wind turbines in open terrain on windy days with dark clouds in the sky. Alternative power generation. by Daniela Baumann

UCalgary 1 of 3 universities to lead Clean Energy Hub

The federal government announced an investment of nearly $5 million to three universities, including UCalgary’s School of Public Policy, to establish the Energy Modelling Hub to help realize a decarbonized energy system for Canada. The hub will create a national network of energy modelers, policymakers, and other experts to help bridge the gap between data and policy, ensuring modelling activities inform the response to the most pressing energy policy questions of our time.

Did you know?

The Simpson Centre hosts a dashboard designed to help Albertans understand their agriculture-sourced GHG emissions.


UCalgary has an energy and emissions dashboard where you can view usage statistics for different buildings across campus.