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Is your pension fund safe from climate change? Fiduciary duty is the key.

Friday, 30 October 2015
article
Claudia Delpero
Volkswagen faces major lawsuits from investors and shareholders for the losses caused by the scandal on emissions cheating devices. Now imagine if companies were held responsible for ignoring the risk of climate change in their investment decisions. The problem is very real, as pension funds in particular could be accumulating assets that in the long run will not earn financial returns.

Paris Climate Talks: A Success Dressed Up Like a Failure?

Thursday, 29 October 2015
video
COP21 will be viewed by many as humankind’s last chance to make the cuts to CO2 needed to prevent a climate catastrophe. CIGI Distinguished Fellow David Runnalls discusses emerging climate change agendas from various actors and asks if Paris can be a success despite the unwillingness of governments to face up to the reality described by the scientists. Will the global community over-promise and under-deliver?

Climate Technology Partnerships: Form, Function and Impact

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
publication
Arunabha Ghosh, Anupama Vijayakumar, Sudatta Ray
With halting progress in climate negotiations, there are growing calls for partnerships among self-selected pools of countries, in the expectation that they would facilitate consensus (among both developed and developing countries) and result in faster decision making. In critically examining such a claim, this paper asks: what kinds of partnerships could facilitate coordinated climate-related action across several countries?

Canada is falling behind in the global market for green technology

Monday, 19 October 2015
article
Amid the oil-sands crisis, the federal parties have touted green energy and new technologies as job-generators. But at The Globe and Mail’s debate on the economy in Calgary, the three major party leaders offered little insight into what a clean-energy economy would look like, with the opposition leaders blaming Mr. Harper for exacerbating the oil-and-gas sector’s problems by making the oil sands an “international pariah.”

The US Clean Power Plan and NAFTA

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
publication
Canadian and US power networks are integrated, regional and cross-border in nature. But recent US regulations proposed under the US Clean Power Plan may trigger bilateral trade issues, given that large-scale hydroelectric facilities (read "Canadian") are denied "renewable" energy status in the plan's compliance formula and in some states' Renewable Portfolio Standards, and therefore may be underutilized — to the detriment of the environmental goals at the heart of each country's carbon emissions reduction regulations.

Power Plant Emissions Regulations in the United States and Canada: Looking Behind the Headlines

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
publication
Recently announced US regulations to reduce carbon pollution emitted by thermal power plants have garnered praise from supporters calling them “tough,” “ambitious” and “historic." But those who compare the new measures of the US Clean Power Plan to Canada's regulations of 2012 may be surprised by a closer look at the numbers and the net effect of each country's efforts.

Sustainability is the Watchword

Friday, 9 October 2015
video
Should we be optimistic about the progress being made by key economies in addressing the risks brought on by climate change? CIGI Global Economy Research Associate Samantha St. Amand reports from on the ground in Lima, Peru following the seminar, "The Financial System We Want."

Sustainable Climate Finance: From Discussion to Action

Friday, 9 October 2015
blog
In a packed theatre in the middle of Lima at the 2015 International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) Annual Meetings in Peru, Christine Lagarde (Managing Director of the IMF) declares, “The threat is real!” at the flagship conversation on climate change.

Growth, Innovation and Trade in Environmental Goods

Thursday, 8 October 2015
publication
Reporting on global trade in environmental goods would provide a comprehensive lens into diversification that will be needed for the transition to low-carbon economies, help countries benchmark the shorter- and longer-term impact of policies such as regulation and fiscal stimulus targeted at green growth, as well as innovation, and strengthen the G20 leaders’ commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth by providing visibility into the pace of investments to address climate change.

Global Treaty or Subnational Innovation? Canada's Path Forward on Climate Policy

Tuesday, 6 October 2015
publication
Canada's position on climate change is deeply contentious and constantly evolving, and presents a challenge of multi-level governance (across sectors, civil society and multiple levels of government). This policy brief describes examples of innovative climate change policy at the subnational level, articulates the roles played by different levels of government, and provides a series of recommendations on pathways to carbon-neutral, resilient communities.
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