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Policy Workshop – Promoting Carbon Markets in Canada: Lessons from Existing Markets

  • When: May 13, 2010
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Location: DMS12110, Desmarais Hall, 55 Laurier Ave., University of Ottawa

Workshop Program and Biographies of Speakers

Workshop Report prepared by Matthew Paterson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa, based on workshop notes taken by Olivia Saab, and with comments and editing by Helen Morris, Carleton University and Sandra Duarte, British High Commission.

Interviews with Speakers and Presentation Slides

Doug Russell, President of MDF Associates and Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) talks to Helen Morris about what the private sector needs from policymakers in order to buy into carbon markets. Russell discusses the emergence of carbon markets and the fact that industry needs to be at the table when markets are being designed.

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James Burt, Special Advisor on Cap-and-Trade and Climate Action, Climate Action Secretariat (British Columbia); currently on loan from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Burt discusses the political impetus behind the EU emissions trading scheme. Burt looks at the lessons which other regions can be learn from the European experience of setting up a market. He assesses elements which have worked as well as those features which were less successful.

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Denny Ellerman, MIT Global Change Program talks about how the European assesses what political elements came together to prompt the formation of the Emissions Trading market in Europe. Ellerman highlights which parts of the European experience could inform the debate around carbon markets in Canada.

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David McLaughlin, President and CEO, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) discusses why the physical impacts of climate change mean that policymakers and industry need to seize the opportunities available in a new global low carbon transition.

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Matthew Paterson, Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa

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