In 2015, British Columbia began work on a new Climate Leadership Plan to help the province achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets. We were contracted to provide an independent assessment of BC’s existing policies (including the provincial carbon tax), as well as assess how new policies would affect greenhouse gas emissions and the development of the provincial economy. As part of this project, we worked closely with the Climate Leadership Team, a group of experts tasked with providing advice and recommendations on how to update BC’s Climate Action Plan. To conduct this analysis, we employed our CIMS, GEEM and IESD models [link to service areas].
Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission was formed to identify practical fiscal solutions that spark the innovation required for increased economic and environmental prosperity. In the context of climate mitigation, ecofiscal policies have two objectives. First, they would place a price on carbon in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Second, they would use the revenue from carbon pricing to achieve other objectives such as stimulating economic activity or addressing concerns about industrial competitiveness. We were engaged by the Commission to determine how carbon pricing can be best designed to achieve both environmental and economic objectives.
As part of the development of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, the province engaged in a consultation process. We were contracted by the Ontario Power Workers’ Union to inform their submission to this process. Using the Integrated Electricity Supply and Demand (IESD) model, we quantified the greenhouse gas and electricity price impacts of various scenarios for future electricity supply in Ontario. Our final report [link to pdf] examined the impact of different roles for electricity conservation and demand management, nuclear, gas and renewable electricity generation in Ontario’s supply mix.
In 2013, Ontario’s Minister of Energy asked the Ontario Energy Board to examine and report on TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline. We were contracted to provide insight about how the pipeline is likely to affect global greenhouse gas emissions. To conduct the analysis we used the OILTRANS model, which accounts for all major participants in oil markets, from “wells” (crude oil producers) to “wheels” (the final consumers of refined petroleum products). Results from our analysis (Overview and Full Report) were shared with stakeholders during the 2015 consultation process.