Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

Report of the committee

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources has the honour to present its

FOURTH REPORT

Your committee was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, March 10, 2016, to examine and report on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy, as required to meet the Government of Canada’s announced targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The original budget application submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee were printed in the Journals of the Senate of June 16, 2016. On June 20, 2016, the Senate approved a partial release of $119,143 to the committee and on November 1, 2016, the Senate approved an additional release of $30,792 to the committee.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the supplementary budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

RICHARD NEUFELD

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, March 10, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Neufeld moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy, as required to meet the Government of Canada’s announced targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. Recognizing the role of energy production, distribution and consumption in Canada, the committee shall be authorized to:

(aidentify and report on the impact transitioning to a low carbon economy will have on energy end users, including Canadian households and businesses;

(bidentify and report on the most viable way the following sectors — electricity, oil and gas, transportation, buildings and trade-exposed energy intensive industries — can contribute to a low carbon economy in meeting Canada’s emission targets;

(cexamine and report on cross-sector issues and undertake case studies, if necessary, on specific programs or initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

(didentify areas of concern and make any necessary recommendations to the federal government that will help achieve greenhouse gas emission targets in a manner that is sustainable, affordable, efficient, equitable and achievable.

That the committee submit interim reports on identified sectors, cross-sector issues and case studies and submit its final report no later than September 30, 2017, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1: Montreal
$18,704
TOTAL

$18,704

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on December 1, 2016.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Président du Comité sénatorial permanent de l’énergie, de l’environnement et des ressources naturelles
RICHARD NEUFELD
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

GENERAL ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPECIAL STUDY

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(2) of the Senate Administrative Rules.

Estimate for fiscal year 2016-2017 — $168,639

Expenses for fiscal year 2017-2018 — $65,000

Estimate of the total cost of the special study — $233,639

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

ACTIVITY 1: Montreal


FACT-FINDING


16 participants: 9 Senators, 7 staff
(1 clerk, 2 analysts, 3 interpreters and 1 communications officer)






TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES






1.Transportation - train (business class or VIA 1)0



9 senators x $,0 (0224)




0 staff x $,0 (0227)


2.Transportation - train (economy class)1,260



0 senator x $,0 (0224)




7 staff x $180 (0227)


3.Hotel accommodation4,400



9 senators, $275/night, 1 night (0222)




7 staff, $275/night, 1 night (0226)


4.Per diem3,104



9 senators, $97/day, 2 days (0221)




7 staff, $97/day, 2 days (0225)


5.Working meals (travel) (0231)800

6.Taxis2,240



9 senators x $140 (0223)




7 staff x $140 (0232)


7.Charter bus (0228)2,400



(2 days, $1200,0/day)


Sub-total
$14,204






ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES








OTHER


1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500








RENTALS


2.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)3,000



(2 days, $1500,0/day)


3.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)1,000



(2 days, $500/day)








Sub-total
$4,500






Total of Activity 1
$18,704

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Montreal
$18,704
TOTAL

$18,704

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 9 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair