International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable

 

Senior Fellow and Associate

John Drexhage has worked on the issue of climate change and sustainable development for close to twenty years. In the first ten years, Drexhage worked for the Government of Canada and was responsible for developing Canada’s First National Action Program on Climate Change (1994). In 1995, he shifted to the international side and served as Associate Director on Climate Change. His chief responsibility was as overall mandate coordinator in negotiations revolving around the carbon market, including the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation and International Emissions Trading.

In 2002, Drexhage switched to independent policy research by accepting a position as Director of Climate Change and Energy with the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Starting from scratch, Drexhage built it into a comprehensive program with a CAD$3,000,000 annual budget, regulatory frameworks for greenhouse gas emissions, post-2012 climate change regimes, market based instruments (covering allowance and credit based systems), climate change in the context of sustainable development, governance issues, energy policy and a fuller exploration of linkages between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development.

For the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007), Drexhage was a WG3 Lead Author of Chapter 11, which focused on mitigation from a cross-sectoral perspective. His contributions focused on international spillover effects, synergies and tradeoffs, along with mitigation and adaptation. He also oversaw a growing and robust program on adaptation and sink related activities, focusing on building capacity in developing countries to strengthen their negotiating positions while integrating these activities with their policy priorities on poverty eradication and sustainable development.

In 2011, Drexhage worked with the International Council on Mining and Metals to establish their climate change program. As their Director of Climate Change and Energy Management until his return to Canada in 2013, he focused on working with ICMM companies to implement ICMM’s principles based approach to climate change. This involved policy based discussions at national and international levels. Substantive areas of focus included competitiveness implications of carbon pricing for the mining and metals industry; ways in which public revenues could be effectively used to support a long term, sustainable low carbon transition; and opportunities for the industry to adapt to a changing climate. He also led the ICMM delegation at the Rio +20 conference held in Brazil in May 2012.

Drexhage has developed a strong reputation for championing a pragmatic, solutions-based approach to climate change and sustainable development issues. He looks forward to working with the private sector more directly, in particular helping business augment its contributions to a sustainable future. 

 

Affiliations

  • Board member, Verified Carbon Standard.
  • Advisor, Climate Strategies.
  • Senior Fellow, ÉcoRessources.

Education

  • Master of International Affairs (1990): Carleton University.
  • Bachelor of History and Philosophy (1978): Calvin College.
The Kyoto Mechanisms: The Key to Combating Climate Change? - Summary
March 3, 2011

The International Institute for Sustainable Development and The Earth Institute at Columbia University present the Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Yvo de Boer dialogue on climate change, the...

The Kyoto Mechanisms: The Key to Combating Climate Change?
March 3, 2011

The International Institute for Sustainable Development and The Earth Institute at Columbia University present the Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Yvo de Boer dialogue on climate change, the...

Expanding Agriculture's Role in the International Climate Change Regime: Capturing the opportunities
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Matthew McCandless, John Drexhage (September 21, 2010)
The Emerging International Climate Change Regime: Opportunities and challenges for the Canadian agricultural sector
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Matthew McCandless, John Drexhage (September 21, 2010)
Action on Implementation of Copenhagen Accord Most Critical for Canada
Commentary: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (September 13, 2010)
Climate Change and Foreign Policy in Canada: Intersection and Influence
Paper: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (August 19, 2010)
Canada and Climate Change: Where to now?
Commentary: John Drexhage (February 8, 2010)
Copenhagen: A Memorable Time for All the Wrong Reasons?
Commentary: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (February 1, 2010)
Barcelona Postscript
Commentary: John Drexhage (December 3, 2009)
How Canada can restore its reputation on climate change
Commentary: John Drexhage (November 19, 2009)
Status of the UNFCCC Negotiations: Outcomes of the Bonn Climate Change Talks
Paper: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Philip Gass (October 14, 2009)
Financing for Developing Countries
Paper: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Dennis Tirpak, Philip Gass (October 14, 2009)
Sobering Days in Bonn
Commentary: John Drexhage (August 21, 2009)
Encouraging Developing Country Participation in a Future Climate Change Regime
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Dennis Tirpak, John Drexhage, Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun, Jean Nolet, Jo-Ellen Parry, Peter Wooders (July 15, 2009)
International Carbon Market Mechanisms in a Post-2012 Climate Change Agreement
Paper: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Peter Wooders (July 8, 2009)
Expanding Agriculture's Role in a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Caroline De Vit, John Drexhage, Jean Nolet (May 22, 2009)
A Plea for Reason
Commentary: John Drexhage (April 17, 2009)
Environmental Policies under an Obama Administration: Is Change in the Air?
Commentary: Philip Gass, John Drexhage (February 3, 2009)
A Way Forward: Canadian perspectives on post-2012 climate policy
Book: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy, Jenny Gleeson, Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun (May 13, 2008)
Furthering EU Objectives on Climate Change and Clean Energy: Building Partnerships with Major Developing Economies
Book: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Aaron Cosbey, Dennis Tirpak, Christian Egenhofer (April 11, 2008)
Climate Change and Global Governance: Which Way Ahead?
Paper: John Drexhage (November 1, 2007)
Turning the "Clean Energy" Superpower Oxymoron into Reality
Commentary: John Drexhage (August 30, 2007)
Climate Change and Foreign Policy: An exploration of options for greater integration
Book: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy, Oli Brown, Aaron Cosbey, Peter Dickey, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Van Ham, Richard Tarasofsky, Beverley Darkin (March 8, 2007)
The beginnings of a plan
Commentary: John Drexhage (February 28, 2007)
Statement to House of Commons Legislative Committee on Bill C-30
Commentary: John Drexhage (February 13, 2007)
Bush Blinks; The U.S. now at the climate change table
Commentary: John Drexhage, David Runnalls (December 13, 2005)
Which Way Forward? - Issues in developing an effective climate regime after 2012
Book: Aaron Cosbey, Warren Bell, Deborah Murphy, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Drexhage, Anne Hammill, John Van Ham (November 17, 2005)
Canada in a Post-2012 World: A Qualitative Assessment of Domestic and International Perspectives
Book: Warren Bell, John Van Ham, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Drexhage, Peter Dickey (November 8, 2005)
Where to Next? Future steps of the global climate regime
Paper: Taishi Sugiyama, Kristian Tangen, Henrik Hasselknippe, Axel Michaelowa, John Drexhage, Jiahua Pan, Jonathan Sinton, Arild Moe (August 3, 2005)
Realizing the Development Dividend: Making the CDM Work for Developing Countries (Phase I Report) - Executive Summary
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jo-Ellen Parry, Jodi Browne, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu, Preety Bhandari, John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (May 17, 2005)
Realizing the Development Dividend: Making the CDM Work for Developing Countries (Phase I Report)
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jo-Ellen Parry, Jodi Browne, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu, Preety Bhandari, John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (May 17, 2005)
Ottawa's "green" budget a good first step
Commentary: John Drexhage (March 14, 2005)
Russian Ratification Puts Pressure on Canada
Commentary: David Runnalls, John Drexhage (November 15, 2004)