Projects 2017-06-21T00:02:47+00:00

We work with diverse clients on projects ranging in scope from assessing the market potential of emerging low-carbon technologies to evaluating national and provincial climate change mitigation strategies.

Technology Simulation

  • Client: BC Climate Action Secretariat
  • Completion Date: 2016

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.

  • Client: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Completion Date: 2016

In 2015, Ontario announced its intention to join the cap and trade system under the Western Climate Initiative to help meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Partnering with EnviroEconomics, we helped the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change understand how the provincial economy could evolve in order to meet greenhouse gas targets under its Climate Change Action Plan. In particular, we explored how alternate design options for cap and trade may impact provincial economic and emissions outcomes.

  • Client: Clean Energy Canada
  • Completion Date: 2015

Clean Energy Canada retained us to model the job and economic implications of meeting BC’s 2020 and 2050 climate targets. Our analysis demonstrates that the provincial economy can keep growing while emissions fall by 80% from 2007 levels, if there is early and ongoing commitment to strong carbon abatement policies. To conduct the analysis, we used the CIMS technology simulation model and the GEEM computable general equilibrium model.

Macroeconomic Analysis

  • Client: BC Climate Action Secretariat
  • Completion Date: 2016

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.

  • Client: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Completion Date: 2016

In 2015, Ontario announced its intention to join the cap and trade system under the Western Climate Initiative to help meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Partnering with EnviroEconomics, we helped the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change understand how the provincial economy could evolve in order to meet greenhouse gas targets under its Climate Change Action Plan. In particular, we explored how alternate design options for cap and trade may impact provincial economic and emissions outcomes.

  • Client: Clean Energy Canada
  • Completion Date: 2015

Clean Energy Canada retained us to model the job and economic implications of meeting BC’s 2020 and 2050 climate targets. Our analysis demonstrates that the provincial economy can keep growing while emissions fall by 80% from 2007 levels, if there is early and ongoing commitment to strong carbon abatement policies. To conduct the analysis, we used the CIMS technology simulation model and the GEEM computable general equilibrium model.

  • Client: Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
  • Completion Date: 2015

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.

Electricity Modeling

  • Client: BC Climate Action Secretariat
  • Completion Date: 2016

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.

  • Client: Power Workers’ Union
  • Completion Date: 2013

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.

Pipeline Modeling

  • Client: Ontario Energy Board
  • Completion Date: 2015

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.

Special Studies and Collaborations

  • Client: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Completion Date: 2015

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change was considering a water pricing regime to encourage conservation of water in the province. We were contracted to estimate the amount of water that would be conserved by the pricing regime and its impact on economic activity. To conduct the analysis, we adapted GEEM to explicitly represent how different industries use water as an input into production.

  • Client: Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)
  • Completion Date: 2010

QUEST is a non-profit organization interested in the development of communities that improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We were contracted by QUEST to analyze the potential for integrated urban energy policies to reduce Canada’s urban energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutant emissions.  These types of policies are designed to increase urban density, direct development toward mixed use corridors serviced by rapid transit, and promote the use of district energy systems.  The study involved sequential analyses using land use, transport and district energy models, with the results integrated using the CIMS and GEEM models.