Objectives

Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of the JCCTRP is to identify technical, economic and political factors shaping the potential for effective, cost-efficient, and politically viable low-carbon transport and climate policy in each jurisdiction, and understand their implications for emissions trading. This goal is supported by three specific Research Objectives:

Research Objective #1 – Characterize Existing Approaches to the Economic and Political Analysis of Low-Carbon Transport and Climate Change Mitigation Policy

The first research objective is to improve mutual understanding amongst economists, policy experts and practitioners by more deeply characterizing existing approaches to the study of transport and climate policy. This will be tackled over an initial six-month period starting in June 2018 and concluding with a “Phase 1b” workshop at UC Davis in January/February 2019. This research objective was also the focus of a preliminary “Phase 1a” workshop of the JCCTRP in November 2017.

Research Objective #2 – Joint Development of Modeling Scenarios for Low-Carbon Transport and Climate Change Mitigation Policy and Preliminary Analysis

As a second research objective, the JCCTRP will develop a plan for modeling carefully selected scenarios for reducing emissions in the transport sector drawing on information from existing model scenario runs and qualitative research results. This will be addressed over a one-year period beginning in January 2019 with results to be presented at a Phase 2 workshop in Toronto in January 2020.

Research Objective #3 – Road-Map to Address Technical, Economic and Political Dimensions of Low-Carbon Transport and Climate Change Mitigation Policy and Their Implications for Emissions Trading

A final research objective is to synthesize findings from RO#2 into a “road-map” to address technical, economic and political dimensions of low-carbon transport and climate change mitigation policy, and their implications for emissions trading. This will be presented at the final workshop in Montreal in June 2020.