Sustainable Prosperity

By: Mercedes Marcano May 13, 2015
Although at the infrastructure level many Canadian cities have approved cycling plans, could they be doing more at the incentives level than simply offering the chance to win prizes? France seemed to think so; last year the French Ministry of Transportation announced a pilot program to pay workers to commute by bicycle.Read the blog to find out more about the findings of this experiment.
By: Pomme Arros May 10, 2015
With all the talk about carbon taxes lately, Sustainable Prosperity (SP) set out to examine the status of environmental taxes in Canada, define them and measure their value.
By: Michelle Brownlee May 5, 2015
Policy-makers are often given the tricky task of finding a way to meet an objective (e.g., reduce electricity demand) by proposing a policy tool (e.g., pricing or moral suasion). A recent study uses a big experiment with household electricity customers in Japan to draw some interesting conclusions about how different approaches work.
By: Stephanie Cairns March 3, 2015
By and large, ecosystem valuation (giving a monetary value to the benefits that nature provides, such as purification of water by wetlands) is still an academic undertaking or one that is limited to raising awareness around the value of protecting or restoring nature. Until recently, attempts to translate ecosystem valuation into specific governance changes have been few and far between.
By: Pomme Arros February 26, 2015
Responding to climate change will require some significant changes in where investments flow in our economy. If we think about the role that investment plays in addressing climate change, we can compare between two investment actions: investing money to promote a low carbon economy, or divesting away from the fossil fuels that cause climate change in the first place.
By: Pomme Arros December 12, 2014

New analysis shows that without new and ambitious policy action Canada will miss its Copenhagen targets by a considerable margin. So while Canada will have to play climate policy catch-up to the rest of the world, it appears that a number of forward-looking provinces have already signed up to lead Canada in this mission.


By: Vincent Thivierge December 10, 2014

The numbers(external link) are in for Quebec and California’s first joint auction of GHG allowances (for convenience’ sake, I will use “allowance” and “permit” interchangeably in this post). The auction held on November 25th marked the last step in the linking of their cap-and-trade systems. Since January 2014, compliance instruments are fully fungible, meaning allowances or offsets from either jurisdiction can be used by firms in California or Quebec to cover their emissions.

By: Alex Wood December 8, 2014
Addressing climate change is going to require a lot of investment. The International Energy Agency estimates that the transition to a global low carbon economy will require upwards of US$53-trillion in cumulative investment in energy supply and energy efficiency by 2035. The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy estimated in 2012 that an “annual investment on the order of $13 to $17 billion” was required in Canada to achieve our climate change objectives.
By: Mercedes Marcano December 2, 2014
How can cities be remade so that they can be enjoyed, and not just endured? At Sustainable Prosperity we focus on the development of the wide array of market-based instruments that can help cities address their many environmental and economic challenges.When well designed and implemented, they encourage the things we need to make more livable, sustainable and healthier cities (such as greater downtown density, more and safer bike lanes and revitalized public spaces), and less of the things that make them miserable (like congestion and poor air quality).
By: Michelle Brownlee November 13, 2014
Increasingly, companies are seeing that there are other things that also matter a lot – things that aren’t seen in their financial statements: natural capital.

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