North American Climate Policy Forum

Sustainable Prosperity, the University of Ottawa,the Nicholas Institute for Environment Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the Duke University Energy Initiative have partnered to form a new North American Climate Policy Forum. The Forum will bring together some of the world's pre-eminent thinkers with senior Canadian, American and Mexican climate policy officials for a two-day dialogue on climate policy design, low carbon technology and innovation policy. The Inaugural Event aims to refine our understanding of options to link climate policy across North America, while exploring the possibility of shifting towards an integrated North American low carbon economy.
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By invitation only
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 08:00 to Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 01:00

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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.