Michelle Brownlee speaks at Ontario’s Carbon Opportunity Forum

ONTARIO’S CARBON OPPORTUNITY: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future

In January 2017, the Government of Ontario is launching a cap and trade system as part of its overall strategy to reduce the province’s impact on climate change. By pricing carbon, the cap and trade system presents both opportunities and risks for Ontario’s business community. On behalf of IETA, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and CaliforniaCarbon.info, please join us for “Ontario’s Carbon Opportunity Forum”, taking place in Downtown Toronto on 13-14 October. The forum explores Ontario’s incoming compliance carbon market and related climate finance & investment opportunities. The event brings together local and global market leaders and policy experts to explore how business can comply and thrive as Ontario shifts to a low carbon economy.

Day 1 (13 October – Lunch & Afternoon Only) will see market, finance and government experts showcase the latest local and international climate finance thinking and trends, with a focus on green bank and innovative instruments to help leverage and scale private capital deployment in Ontario. Experts will also “make the links” between Ontario’s future market and green growth, investment and export opportunities. The tool-kit of new and evolving carbon asset and financial products will also be explored.

Catch Sustainable Prosperity's Director of Policy, Michelle Brownlee on the afternoon panel.

For event agenda & registration, please click here

Goodmans LLP, 333 Bay Street, 34th Floor
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:45

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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.