B.C. Climate Leadership Plan Phase 2 Consultation - Submission from Sustainable Prosperity

Sustainable Prosperity is pleased to provide the Province of British Columbia feedback on its second phase of consultation for the development of its 2016 Climate Leadership Plan. The comments presented in this submission are drawn from Sustainable Prosperity’s Policy Brief: ‘Provincial Climate Action Plans and Local Governments – Lessons from BC’, which was released on January 14, 2016.

The Policy Brief provides an overview and assessment of the tools the Province developed to support local government climate action as part of its 2008 Climate Action Plan. It was principally developed as a means of sharing lessons learned with other jurisdictions that are pursuing opportunities to engage and collaborate with local government to advance climate change objectives. We feel that the analysis contained in this brief can also provide valuable insight for the Province of BC as it develops its Climate Leadership Plan.

This submission summarizes the key lessons learned from this recent Policy Brief, namely the strengths and gaps in the Province’s existing tools to support local government climate action, and the extent to which the Climate Leadership Team (CLT) recommendations address these strengths and gaps.

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  • Policy Brief: Provincial Climate Action Plans and Local Governments: Lessons from BC
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    About the Project

    The goal of this project is to shed light on the relationship between economic activity and the environment by exploring the linkages between changes in our natural capital and our measures of productivity generally, and through the construction of an environmentally adjusted measure of productivity specifically.

    While it is now commonly accepted that economic activity and the state of our environment are linked, many economic measures still fail to incorporate the environment – both the things we draw from it and the pollution we release into it. By developing and calculating measures of productivity that include natural capital, Canada may be able to better understand these linkages. This, in turn, may lead to the identification of strategies that can help Canada become more efficient and innovative in the use and protection of natural capital, and thus more productive and more prosperous.

    Using the forestry sector as a case study, this project aims to construct an environmentally adjusted measure of multifactor productivity. In doing so, we aim to add another layer of understanding to the environmental and economic performance of this sector. The proposed measure will have relevance to the Canadian economy as a whole.