Addressing climate change and fostering a low-carbon energy economy requires tackling problems simultaneously from legal, economic and security perspectives. CIGI’s research brings new ideas and concrete proposals for financing sustainable development, promoting conservation and growth in the blue economy, implementing carbon pricing mechanisms, Arctic governance, and incorporating human rights and engaging Indigenous peoples in climate strategy and action.

With the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, CIGI’s experts will continue research on the many international and domestic implementation governance challenges, including reporting and accounting, liability, loss and damage, clean technology transfer, mobilization of public and private climate financing and intersection of treaty regimes.

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Flood Risk Management: What Is the Role Ahead for the Government of Canada?

Renewable Energy Projects for Sustainable Development

Renewable Energy Projects for Sustainable Development: Financing Options and Policy Alternatives

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Economic Opportunities from a Changing Climate

Publications

Experts

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Jason Thistlethwaite

CIGI Fellow

Jason Thistlethwaite is a CIGI fellow, as well as assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on the implications of the new environmental and climate change risks disclosure regime on the financial sector, and on recommendations to help align policy and industry’s resources toward an effective approach to mitigate climate change. 

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Basil Ugochukwu

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Basil Ugochukwu is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.B. (Common Law) from Abia State University, an LL.M. from Central European University in Hungary, a teaching certificate from York University and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. At CIGI, he will research how legal reasoning in environmental cases supports or displaces the efforts to link environmental practices to corporate social responsibility. 

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Olaf Weber

CIGI Senior Fellow

Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow. His research with CIGI focuses on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently associate professor and program director of the Master’s Program in Sustainability Management as well as professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Since 2010, Olaf has held the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.

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John Whalley

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

John Whalley is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. His research interests include G20 issues, globalization, Chinese policy issues and climate change negotiations. In addition to his work at CIGI, John is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Econometric Society, and co-director of the Centre for International Economic Relations at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a foreign fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Events

May 26

China and the G20

Panel Discussion
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 4:30 PM
Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance
Beijing