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Renewable Portfolio Standards in the world of carbon pricing

With or without you: Renewable Portfolio Standards in the world of carbon pricing

Climate and Energy

In the fourth instalment of our blog series on the role of complementary climate policies, I ask: Can a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) work as a substitute for carbon pricing? What about as a complement to carbon pricing? I draw on examples from Nova Scotia and PEI to explore both options. What is an RPS […]

Refrigerators and spray cans: HFC policies are a perfect complement to carbon pricing

Refrigerators and spray cans: HFC policies are a perfect complement to carbon pricing

Climate and Energy Pollution

Part three of our blog series on complementary climate policies explores the recent global agreement to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons—a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and spray cans. Specifically, we look at how a targeted policy that reduces HFCs under the global agreement is a complement to carbon pricing here in […]

Are policies that support Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) worth it?

Climate and Energy

This blog is the second in a series on the role of non-pricing climate policies. Can other policies substitute (i.e., be an alternative) for carbon pricing? Can they complement (i.e., work in addition) carbon pricing? In this blog, I consider policies that provide financial support for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), using Saskatchewan and its […]

Carbon Pricing and Innovation

Carbon Pricing and Innovation

Climate and Energy Technology and Innovation

“Innovation” is buzzy these days, with lots of smart people thinking and writing about the role of policy in driving innovation to improve productivity and economic growth. And yes, innovation is great. It lets us use inputs—like capital, labour, and resources—more efficiently. It’s especially important in our efforts to reduce GHG emissions: innovation around new […]

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