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Climate Change Mitigation Lead—North America
Amin Asadollahi is the lead for climate change mitigation for North America and is based in Ottawa.
Prior to joining IISD, he worked as the oil sands program director at the Pembina Institute and held senior advisory positions at the federal departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Climate Change. Amin has a wealth of knowledge and experience in sustainable resource development, clean energy and trade policy, and has provided advice to governments, energy sector clients and non-governmental organizations. He has worked on energy and environmental policies, contributed to the design and delivery of federal funding programs valued at over a billion dollars, and facilitated multistakeholder and cross-juristictional discussions. Amin holds a Master of Arts degree in public policy and public administration from Concordia University and an honours baccalaureate in political science from the University of Ottawa. Amin is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) FlareNet Strategic Network.
Amin is an avid camper, downhill skier and an outdoors enthusiast, with a passion for the environment and animal welfare.
- Cities and Smart Grids in CanadaThis report looks specifically at smart grids within the context of grid modernization and urban settings in Canada.
- North American Energy Integration: Assessing oil and gas policy issues ahead of NAFTA renegotiationMexico, Canada and the United States stand to benefit from increasing energy sector interconnectedness and coordination. What key environmental and fiscal policy areas related to oil and gas development provide opportunities for further harmonization?
- Could Canada stay on course if the U.S. pulls a U-turn on vehicle fuel efficiency?Amin Assadolahi takes a look at the implications of the Trump Administration reopening the mid-term review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which would have seen vehicle fleet efficiency rise more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.
- Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspectiveWe asked a “pessimist” and an “optimist” to share their hypothetical views about climate change futures.
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: IndustryIn the third of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Amin Asadollahi explores what the framework will mean for industry.
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: Forestry, agriculture and wasteIn the first of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Amin Asadollahi explores what the framework will mean for forestry, agriculture and waste.
- Reconciling Differences and Coming Together to Act on ClimateAmin Asadollahi answers some questions on carbon pricing in Canada that were raised during last week's First Ministers' Meeting.
- Considerations in a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Climate PolicyThis commentary outlines the key elements of an effective policy in the implementation of the pan-Canadian Framework.
- Turning Down the Temperature: Freezing HFCs as a critical step in climate actionThis past week, climate negotiators gathered in Rwanda's capital Kigali to once again test the international community’s political resolve to tackle climate change, this time on a class of short-lived greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons.
- Unpacking Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies Oil, gas and coal are multi-billion dollar businesses, yet every year fossil fuel companies get billions in tax breaks and handouts. This website was created to cut through the jargon, so you can understand what’s really happening, debate it, and propose solutions for Canadians and Canada’s economy.
- North American Climate Leadership Can Be Good for the Environment and the EconomyClimate change will be high on the agenda as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama and President Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa this week for the North American leadership summit. With the right approach, cooperation will make it easier for the three countries to meet their respective climate commitments, while also creating economic opportunities.