Across Canada, fact and opinion swirl about which policies are best for both the economy and the environment. Environmental regulations remain deeply contested and cause concern for some that the costs will simply be too high. At the same time, polling data show that Canadians overwhelmingly want both a protected environment and a vibrant economy. In this context, the Smart Prosperity Institute has re-releasing an updated version of a 2016 policy brief on overestimating the cost of compliance with environmental regulations, part of the Green Tape Measures Up series.
How can governments build political support for carbon pricing? This brief offers a few insights on strategies for building greater political support for carbon pricing, based on previous experiences with successful programs in the U.S. and abroad. The take home message? Long running carbon pricing programs tend to generate tangible public benefits beyond emissions reductions that are distributed among citizens in a way that is broadly perceived as fair.
The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative has developed a methodology to help local governments identify, value and manage natural assets. This decision-maker summary provides a high-level overview of each pilot project and their key findings.
Healthy ecosystems provide vital services to society at multiple scales, ranging from local to global. Private landowners want to steward and enhance these ecosystem services, but they need the right information and support, as well the appropriate incentives.
The working paper, Identifying Promising Policies and Practices for Promoting Gender Equity in Global Green Employment, is a synthesis of existing literature for promoting and optimizing women’s employment in manufacturing, construction and transportation.
The Environmental Stewardship Initiatives in the Canadian Agricultural Sector under Growing Forward 1 and 2 working paper is a back-of-the-envelope evaluation of environmental stewardship subsidies in Alberta and recommendations for future evaluations.
Reducing and diverting waste can be an important step in GHG mitigation and Canada’s overall climate change approach. Economic Tools to Reduce Household Waste and Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions focuses on economic policy tools to encourage waste prevention and diversion at the final consumer stage.
Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), University of Ottawa
The report Species in the Balance: Partnering on Tools and Incentives to Recover Species at Risk diagnoses a number of problems facing species at risk recovery work in Canada, including inadequate financial resources, insufficient incentives for stewardship among private landowners and industry, and patchy efforts to protect species at risk (SAR) on provincial and territorial crown land and private land.