On June 28 in Montreal, just prior to the World Congress of Environment and Resource Economists (WCERE), Sustainable Prosperity (SP) and Resources for the Future (RFF) brought together leading global scholars in this field for a high level dialogue to compare research, share insights, and identify future policy research priorities on understanding how environmental regulation might enhance innovation and increase competitiveness. Growing interest in climate policy and the 20th anniversary of the “Porter Hypothesis” make this an opportune time to assess the state of knowledge and identify future research needs on this important question.

Professor Michael Porter
Professor Michael Porter
This all-day event on June 28 included a special luncheon session (to be webcast) targeting a business and policy audience, including a keynote address by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard and an experts panel with Daniel Esty (Yale University), Bernard Sinclair-Degagné (HEC Montréal) and Mikael Skou Anderssen (European Environment Agency), chaired by Cassie Doyle (Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada).

Sustainable Prosperity and the RFF are grateful to the Scientific Advisory Council for assistance in coordinating this event, which includes Stefan Ambec (Toulouse), Joseph Doucet (Alberta, WCERE Liaison), Carolyn Fischer (RFF), Nick Johnstone (OECD), Paul Lanoie (Montreal), Nancy Olewiler (SFU), Michael Porter (Harvard), Thomas Sterner (Gothenburg) and Marcus Wagner (Würzburg).

Powerpoint Presentations by Session:


Session 1: Effect of Environmental Regulation on Innovation

Sesssion 2: Effect of Regulatory Instrument Choice

Keynote Speaker and Policy Leaders Panel

Session 3: Drilling Down: Evidence from Empirical Studies on Climate and Energy

Session 4: Effect of Environmental Regulation on Productivity and Competitiveness