Canadians benefit enormously from Canada’s natural environment, but the overall costs and benefits of how we use our natural world are not reflected in the prices of goods and services. By putting a value on something that isn’t currently valued explicitly, we can help promote economic activity that is environmentally sustainable.
Our annual survey of environmental markets measures the use of market creation to preserve our air and climate, biodiversity and habitat, and water.
This background report establishes a common understanding of the use of biodiversity offsets, as applicable to Canada, and defines the issues that must be considered by policy-makers considering implementing biodiversity offsets.
Development charges are important in helping municipalities to achieve fiscal sustainability. In order to achieve these goals, development charges need to be structured properly.
Canadian municipalities are continually seeking ways to address high water infrastructure costs while encouraging water conservation behaviour. New research shows that pricing water could help municipalities realize these objectives simultaneously.
This brief explores the case for using financing programs to promote energy efficiency actions in residential applications, and experience with these programs to date.
A look at the hidden costs of suburban sprawl, and how some Canadian municipalities are re-examining the policies the lead to expensive and inefficient development.
Our 2013 update of the Canadian Supplement to the Bonds and Climate Change report, in collaboration with the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC.
We know that appropriate economic incentives are essential for realizing most breakthrough innovations and that the absence of a meaningful price on carbon across Canada is a major impediment to low carbon innovation, technology deployment and behavioural change.
British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift, passed in 2008, has been remarkably effective in reducing fuel use, with no apparent adverse impact on the province’s economy. These findings come from a new study by Sustainable Prosperity researchers to be published in the upcoming issue of Canadian Public Policy, a highly respected academic journal.
Despite twenty years of intense research by policy makers and academics alike, there is little consensus on the extent to which (if at all) well-designed environmental regulation may spur technological innovation and enhance competitiveness.