Canadian municipalities are continually seeking ways to address high water infrastructure costs while encouraging water conservation behaviour. New research shows that pricing water could help municipalities realize these objectives simultaneously.
This brief explores the case for using financing programs to promote energy efficiency actions in residential applications, and experience with these programs to date.
A look at the hidden costs of suburban sprawl, and how some Canadian municipalities are re-examining the policies the lead to expensive and inefficient development.
Our 2013 update of the Canadian Supplement to the Bonds and Climate Change report, in collaboration with the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC.
We know that appropriate economic incentives are essential for realizing most breakthrough innovations and that the absence of a meaningful price on carbon across Canada is a major impediment to low carbon innovation, technology deployment and behavioural change.
British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift, passed in 2008, has been remarkably effective in reducing fuel use, with no apparent adverse impact on the province’s economy. These findings come from a new study by Sustainable Prosperity researchers to be published in the upcoming issue of Canadian Public Policy, a highly respected academic journal.
Despite twenty years of intense research by policy makers and academics alike, there is little consensus on the extent to which (if at all) well-designed environmental regulation may spur technological innovation and enhance competitiveness.
SP welcomes the opportunity to comment on Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reductions Program.
Many Canadian companies, especially in the energy sector, are using a shadow carbon price in their current decision-making processes. A shadow carbon price is the expected future price of carbon, reflecting the expected market price or regulatory cost, or the cost of reducing or offsetting carbon emissions.
Competitiveness in the context of carbon pricing is generally narrowly understood as the impacts on emission-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE) industries. But competitiveness is a function of many factors, which is why a broader look, as in SP’s new Policy Brief which examines the overall economic impacts of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) on Ontario, is warranted.