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Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada

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Recognizing the need to rethink climate policy along regulatory lines, IISD launched Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada.

The carbon pricing discourse of the last two decades has been reset as the Canadian government moves to regulate carbon emissions with performance regulations. IISD's initiative has three key objectives:

  1. Identify the best way to regulate carbon emissions.
  2. Explore how federal regulations can coexist with diverse provincial carbon pricing and regulatory actions.
  3. Provide recommendations on how Canada can achieve a coherent national carbon mitigation framework.

To achieve these objectives, IISD will convene leading thinkers on mitigation policy, use analytics to make public information on policy choices and communicate key findings to help inform the development of Canadian greenhouse gas mitigation policy.

  • Paper
    Canadian Carbon Policy Year in Review and Emerging Trends, 2012

    Canadian Carbon Policy Year in Review and Emerging Trends, 2012

    Carbon policy in Canada went through an important transition in 2012.The federal government began to fully assert its vision of carbon policy, while a Read More
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    Regulating Carbon in Canada     Divergent Approaches: Greenhouse gas mitigation in Canada and Australia

    Regulating Carbon in Canada Divergent Approaches: Greenhouse gas mitigation in Canada and Australia

    With the release of Lessons for Canada: Implementation of Australia's Carbon Pricing Mechanism, IISD has developed a companion piece to provide some Read More
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    Regulating Carbon in Canada Lessons for Canada: Implementation of Australia's Carbon Pricing Mechanism

    Regulating Carbon in Canada Lessons for Canada: Implementation of Australia's Carbon Pricing Mechanism

    Through its Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada initiative, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has sought to provide Read More
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    IISD Submission to the British Columbia Carbon Tax Review

    IISD Submission to the British Columbia Carbon Tax Review

    British Columbia has undertaken a review of its current carbon tax structure.IISD offered this submission during the open comment period to offer its Read More
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    Regulating Carbon in Canada: The impact of the federal government's proposed electricity coal performance standards

    Regulating Carbon in Canada: The impact of the federal government's proposed electricity coal performance standards

    Dave Sawyer and Seton Stiebert developed economic modelling of the Canadian government's proposed electricity coal performance standards.They found Read More
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    Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada Offsets and Canada's GHG Regulations: Reducing costs, improving competitiveness and lowering emissions

    Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada Offsets and Canada's GHG Regulations: Reducing costs, improving competitiveness and lowering emissions

    Dave Sawyer, Seton Stiebert and Dale Beugin undertake a study of how offsets can complement Canada's regulatory approach to greenhouse gas mitigation Read More
  • Commentary
    Mind the Gap: The state-of-play in Canadian greenhouse gas mitigation

    Mind the Gap: The state-of-play in Canadian greenhouse gas mitigation

    In "Mind the Gap" Dave Sawyer explores where we stand with regard to current Canadian climate change policies and how Canada can close the gap between Read More
  • Commentary
    State-of-Play in Canadian Federal and Provincial Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

    State-of-Play in Canadian Federal and Provincial Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

    A commentary by Dave Sawyer outlining Canada's progress with respect to mitigating GHG emissions, potential impacts by 2020, and the costs of Read More
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