Evaluating our Climate Policy Options for Accelerating GHG Reduction

Mark Jaccard
January 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


UBC Asian Centre - Auditorium
1871 West Mall
Vancouver , BC

Explicit carbon pricing policies (carbon tax, cap-and-trade) are frequently described as the optimal way to achieve GHG reduction targets. But real-world evidence suggests that politicians who are serious about accelerating GHG reduction also employ implicit carbon pricing (command-and-control regulations, flexible regulations). This talk combines evidence from real-world climate policy experiences, political science research on public support for difference types of policies, and economic analysis of comparative climate policy cost-effectiveness to evaluate our climate policy options for accelerating GHG reduction. Evidence is primarily drawn from experiences and research in Canada and California.

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Mark Jaccard has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986, with one interruption from 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. Mark contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the 1990s and as an author on its 2011 Special Report on Renewables. He served for over a decade as an international expert with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, including co-chairing the 2009 task force on sustainable use of coal, which reported directly to the Chinese premier. In the period 2007-2012, he served as convening lead author for sustainable energy policy with the Global Energy Assessment. With over 100 academic publications, he was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009, largely for his career research into the design and application of energy-economy models to assess the effectiveness and cost of sustainable energy policies. He advises energy and environment policy makers around the world.

This talk is hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues with support from the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC and PICS.