the documentary film
While focusing on energy transition, No Carbon Nation provides an overview of climate policy worldwide, the purpose of which is to end emissions of seven anthropogenic greenhouse gases:
- carbon dioxide (CO2)
- methane (CH4)
- nitrous oxide (N2O)
- hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
- perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
- sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and
- nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)
Climate policy also seeks to limit certain other gases and compounds including: nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), black carbon (soot), and several volatile solvents (NMVOCs).
Emissions reductions are achieved through worldwide cooperation in three main areas of activity:
- land use reform
- controlling certain industrial chemicals, especially those containing fluorine (as listed above), and
- energy transition.
No Carbon Nation focuses on transition in the energy sector, currently the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution. Part One summarizes how the international community is responding to climate change and how it is re-evaluating primary energy supply. Part Two surveys energy systems and key transition dynamics in four energy sectors:
- the electric grid
- heavy industry
No Carbon Nation is an educational project and every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Feedback from those who work in the field is welcome.
The documentary is available as a hard-copy DVD on request. It is in all other aspects an internet entity. As of Jan 2015, links to this site have been emailed to:
- representative from all Annex 1 and Non-Annex 1 Parties, as well as IGO Observers to the UNFCCC
- over 200 professional associations in the energy sector in Canada, Australia and the US.
- all elected members of Canada’s territorial, provincial and federal governments.
the making of…
No Carbon Nation is an independent project. Production began with a focus on renewable energy only and ended up documenting the process of transition. In theory, transition is an inclusive undertaking open to all zero carbon solutions including nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.
About half of the footage used in the film was accessed from online sources such as the European Commission, US Department of Energy b-roll, corporate b-roll, YouTube postings, and The Newsmarket. Nine of 24 interviews / public statements came from online sources. One interview took place across 8 time zones using Skype, with a camera operator on the interview end.
Credit is due to all the unknown filmmakers and shooters who produced the online material. And many thanks to people in participating organizations who helped set up interviews with their colleagues or worked hard to find b-roll footage.
The project took four years to complete. Carbon emissions amounted to about 3 tons of CO2, mainly from travel around western North America.
Peter Sircom Bromley is an independent policy analyst. He has worked as a communications consultant, researcher, writer, rock ‘n’ roll guitarist, cartoonist, graphic artist, cameraman, visual artist, film animator, film director, general manager, production manager, sales clerk, craft assembly worker, lawn mower, layout artist, and journalist – not necessarily in that order.
As a media communications specialist, he has worked with various ENGOs including the Sierra Club of Canada, Greenpeace and the Rivershed Society of BC. In 1996, he conceptualized, designed and produced collateral materials for the Sierra Club of Canada’s nationwide climate change campaign, directed by Louise Comeau. He also volunteered on various boards, including the Sierra Club of BC, the Stanley Park Ecology Society, and the Government of BC’s Scrap Tire Advisory Committee. He has a Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1974).