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Tackling climate change requires a rapid shift to low-carbon development.

Rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions must take place in the immediate future if we are to minimize the adverse effects of climate change on our economic, social and natural systems. Achieving this goal requires putting in place practical, progressive low-emission development strategies that promote integrated clean energy solutions and broader sustainable development objectives.

Our experts help policy-makers identify and prioritize options for reducing emissions, such as through developing clean and renewable energy systems. We also support developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for low-carbon development. We do this by developing roadmaps for reform, engaging proactively with policy-makers and the stakeholders they engage with, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis of policy options for energy and carbon mitigation, and identifying means of implementation.

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    Cities and Smart Grids in Canada

    This report looks specifically at smart grids within the context of grid modernization and urban settings in Canada. 

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  • Blog
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    North American Energy Integration: Assessing oil and gas policy issues ahead of NAFTA renegotiation

    North American Energy Integration: Assessing oil and gas policy issues ahead of NAFTA renegotiation

    Mexico, 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?

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  • Briefing Note
    Can We Measure Resilience? Reducing Agriculture’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

    Can We Measure Resilience? Reducing Agriculture’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

    Thirty-six indicators make up this framework to promote resilience to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in Canadian agriculture.

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  • Policy Brief
    Building Global Governance for 'Climate Refugees'

    Building Global Governance for 'Climate Refugees'

    IISD President-CEO Scott Vaughan and IISD Board Member Lloyd Axworthy, along with several representatives from various environmental NGOs, contributed to this G20 Insights policy brief on recognizing that forced displacement due to climate change is increasing. 

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    The End of Coal Mining in South Wales: Lessons learned from industrial transformation

    The End of Coal Mining in South Wales: Lessons learned from industrial transformation

    The decline of coal mining in South Wales has important lessons for policy-makers and civil society grappling with the challenges of transition—what can be learned from this experience?

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  • Policy Brief
    Green Shift to Sustainability: Co-Benefits & Impacts of Energy Transformation on Resource Industries, Trade, Growth and Taxes

    Green Shift to Sustainability: Co-Benefits & Impacts of Energy Transformation on Resource Industries, Trade, Growth and Taxes

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan, along with several representatives from various environmental NGOs, contributed to this G20 Insights policy brief on the benefits and impacts of energy transformation. 

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  • Blog
     Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspective

    Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspective

    We asked a “pessimist” and an “optimist” to share their hypothetical views about climate change futures.

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    As U.S. and Canadian Climate Policies Diverge, How Do We Ensure Canada’s Competitiveness?

    As U.S. and Canadian Climate Policies Diverge, How Do We Ensure Canada’s Competitiveness?

    With relatively new administrations on both sides of the border, the United States and Canada have staked out opposing views on climate change. That has environmentalists and businesses worried. This has potentially damaging consequences for Canada’s trade competitiveness.

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  • Commentary
    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    Jobs and the Low-Carbon Energy Transition: Perspectives from Cumberland County

    This commentary begins in Cumberland County, in Northwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, where new jobs are emerging in the renewable energy sector. It argues that the shifts underway in Cumberland County are representative of a larger transition, as job losses in the fossil fuel industry are replaced by growth in renewable energy. 

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