There’s a school of thought that, when it comes to fighting climate change, the notions of a greener future and strong economic growth are irreconcilable. These are the people who insist you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Others insist you can have it all, and that it’s indeed possible – if not paramount – to have both a healthy planet and a healthy economy.
Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
From the outside, it appears that COVID-19 has reshaped the contours of Australian energy and climate policy. Superficially, there is much that appears relevant to Canadians: a functional form of federalism, attempts to resolve the climate policy wars, and serious consideration of a trans-continental natural gas pipeline. These developments would have been unimaginable as recently as January 2020; however, the economic impact of COVID-19 and the need to accelerate decision-making has shifted long-entrenched positions and removed layers of bureaucracy from sclerotic processes.
For six months, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has superseded all other public policy priorities. Governments placed their economies in a state of suspended animation, buttressed their health care systems, and pushed trillions out the door to help citizens weather the storm. But other policy problems are not going away. Indeed, COVID-19 has exposed and deepened many cracks in the system. As countries reopen, governments and multilateral institutions are grappling with what comes next, and how to reverse what the IMF estimates will be a five per cent contraction of the global economy in 2020.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy will host a virtual conference exploring the roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities making decisions about Canada's energy future in an age of climate change. The conference will convene senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of online, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mark Carney, Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG, and Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation, the two-day virtual event will bring together Indigenous communities from across Canada with government and project finance sectors for focused expert discussions.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior and emerging energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
How has COVID-19 affected Canadians' attitudes towards climate action? The sense of urgency appears to be trending up. Nik Nanos returns to the podcast to discuss results from the latest Positive Energy/Nanos quarterly tracking survey, including the appetite for climate ambition and levels of public trust in different information sources.
Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger was moderator/rapporteur for the workshop Net Zero 2050: Assessing the Challenge and Opportunity for Regulators and the Natural Gas Delivery Industry organized by the Canadian Gas Association, April 13 2021.