“Discussions over environmental policy are often more contentious than they need to be – yes there are trade-offs to be made but a clear understanding of the evidence linking regulation to productivity, to competitiveness, and to environmental outcomes is key to making good policy decisions. The network’s goal is to provide this information to policymakers,” explains Scott.
Canada’s challenge is to design environmental policies that will unleash the level of innovation and efficiency needed to prepare for this new economy. This network draws on leading-edge international research and experience and brings together Canada’s top scholars to advise on ‘next generation’ policy approaches for building a greener, stronger Canadian economy.
Environment Canada has committed $500,000 in support over five years to help establish this research Network. This initiative aims at enhancing Environment Canada’s capacity to integrate environmental and economic policy considerations and research into its regulatory functions.
The Network mobilizes over 74 scholars, representing 12 disciplines, from 19 Canadian universities and research organizations. Also involved are 12 international scholars, including many of the leading researchers in their fields. The network will focus on how to design environmental policies to improve competitiveness and innovation, and to change behaviours. It will build connections and capacity, foster greater dialogue between academics and government partners, and will generate innovative, policy-relevant research.