International Successes Provide Guidelines for Curbing Pollution from Vehicles in Canadian City, Says New Study

Canada’s major cities, facing rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, could learn valuable lessons from New York City, London and Paris where concerted efforts by municipal governments have successfully reduced passenger car traffic and improved the quality of life for residents, according to a policy brief published today by Sustainable Prosperity, a national research and policy network based at the University of Ottawa and focused on market-based approaches to build a greener economy.
 

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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.