western climate initiative

Can We Link Emissions Trading Programs To Advance Climate Policy?

December 18, 2012 by Scott Burgess

Despite some modest steps forward, the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha was a reminder of the slow-paced nature of international negotiations. Progress is being made at the domestic level, however, and in many cases, the policy of choice is emissions trading.The European Union and Australia have announced plans to link their trading systems, and California and Quebec are working toward linking theirs.[read more]

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back on Carbon Pricing

January 17, 2012 by David Hone

2011 turned out to be a busy year for the development of carbon pricing. Long the cornerstone of EU climate policy, the approach continues to find favour with governments focused on the issue of managing emissions, rather than those trying to manage the shape of the entire energy mix.[read more]

Federal cap-and-trade may be non-starter, but AB 32 and WCI kept alive

November 3, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

With Tea Party-backed Republicans now controlling the U.S. House the already slim chance of getting cap-and-trade legislation over the next two years is now razor thin, but the outcome in California — with Democrat Jerry Brown winning as governor and Dem. Barbara Boxer keeping her senate seat, as well as Proposition 23 being...[read more]

Ontario’s coming carbonomics controversy

June 14, 2009 by Tyler Hamilton

I had a feature this weekend in the Toronto Star about the cap-and-trade system coming to Ontario and the likelihood an offsets market will be created a year or more before the 2012 launch of the program. The government here is working hard to align our own provincial system with the Western Climate Initiative, in which it is a...[read more]