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Ottawa and Alberta collaborating to accelerate development of Canada’s hydrogen economy

By: Mark Lowey for Research Money

Momentum is growing among governments, industry, researchers and innovators to build a transformative and clean hydrogen economy in Canada.

Ivey Foundation releases 2019 Annual Report

In 2019, Ivey Foundation continued to support Canada’s transition to a sustainable economy, work that has become more urgent than ever in the wake of COVID-19. Click here to read the Annual report. You can read the Chair’s Report here and read the President’s Report here.

Ivey Foundation named a 2020 RIA Leadership Awards Advocacy Finalist for building sustainable finance capacity in Canada (June 2020)

The Ivey Foundation launched its Economy and Environment Program in 2015 to support Canada’s transition to a sustainable economy by identifying opportunities to enhance resource efficiency, foster innovation and advance the field of sustainable finance.

Ottawa’s new climate reporting requirement is good for business (June 2020)

By: Andrea Moffat and Stewart Elgie for Policy Options

Here are four ways it can help position firms for cleaner performance and competitiveness post-COVID-19, as part of the large employer loans program.

The pressure’s on for Trudeau to use COVID-19 relief to fight climate change. But how? (May 2020)

By: Adam Radwanski for The Globe and Mail

Environmental advocates and businesses are peppering Ottawa with ideas about everything from electric vehicles to clean power grids and buildings. But which ideas will gain the most momentum when the time comes to spend that money?

Why Don’t Humans Take Meaningful Action Sooner? (April 2020)

Bruce Lourie interview with Public Policy Forum

In the fourth episode of our Policy Speaking podcast, host Edward Greenspon is joined by Bruce Lourie, President of the Ivey Foundation to discuss the speed of the response to COVID-19 and how it can inform Canada’s battles with further public health risks and climate change.

The risks of COVID-19: Why humans act too slowly in the face of danger (April 2020)

By: Bruce Lourie for nationaloberserver.com

Hindsight is always 20/20, as the adage goes. The takeaway from COVID-19 is: How can foresight be improved to minimize health risks by taking aggressive, early actions? I am writing this not to be critical of governments in Canada or abroad (though I am), as much as to explain the reasons why humans are inherently reluctant to invoke strong measures that are in our own long-term self-interest.

An illuminating look at what Doug Ford just did to Ontarians’ energy bills (June 2018)

By: Bruce Lourie for nationaloberserver.com

Scrapping cap and trade and the Green Ontario Fund will do nothing to lower electricity rates, what it will do is cause huge disruption and costs to Ontario businesses.

Trans Mountain is a false fight in the fair transition to a low carbon economy (June 2018)

By: Peter Kendall and Dr. Bruce Lourie

Minister Morneau made a tough decision in the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Pipeline conflicts are over a decade in the making and are ripe for the blame game.

Without EU Regulations on chemicals, the UK will be a toxic dumping ground (June 2017)

By: Bruce Lourie for The Guardian

There are two scenarios for chemical regulation in post-Brexit Britain. The choice from an environmental, health and safety perspective appears obvious, however the option appears unlikely to be taken.

No one can make electricity cheap again (February 2017)

By: Bruce Lourie for The Star

No politician can snap their fingers and make electricity instantaneously cheaper – at least not without making it simultaneously more expensive for all of us down the road.

Videos

Building Back Better by Moving Forward Together – Corporate Knights

Bruce Lourie on a Green Stimulus Package for Canada – National Observer

Sustainable Finance – Public Policy Forum (2019)

Oxford Social Finance Programme – Ivey Foundation (2018)

Bryden Alumni Awards – Bruce Lourie, Outstanding Achievement (2015)

Ecofiscal Commission Market-based Instruments: Training for Senior Policy Makers

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