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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.

  • 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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  • Blog
    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

    Debate over Canada’s climate change policies has frequently centered on concerns over jobs and economic competitiveness. 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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  • Commentary
    Considerations in a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Climate Policy

    Considerations in a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Climate Policy

    This commentary outlines the key elements of an effective policy in the implementation of the pan-Canadian Framework.

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  • Blog
    China's Low-Carbon Revolution

    China's Low-Carbon Revolution

    Since the US election, many are speculating about the ascendancy of Beijing as a global leader both on trade and climate policy. In reality, however, China had been moving forward on a comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation pathway well before the US election.

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  • Guidebook
    IISD at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference

    IISD at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference

    The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC takes place from 7-18 November 2016. Our experts will be on the ground providing daily coverage of the negotiations, publishing targeted research, and convening events.

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  • Blog
    Turning Down the Temperature: Freezing HFCs as a critical step in climate action

    Turning Down the Temperature: Freezing HFCs as a critical step in climate action

    This 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.

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  • Blog
    How Canada Should Support Low-Carbon Growth Abroad

    How Canada Should Support Low-Carbon Growth Abroad

    Jason Potts, in an article originally published in The Hill Times, argues that Canada's overseas development assistance needs to focus on realizing the commitments of the Paris climate change agreement.

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  • Blog
    North American Climate Leadership Can Be Good for the Environment and the Economy

    North American Climate Leadership Can Be Good for the Environment and the Economy

    Climate 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.

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