Working Papers

JCCTRP Working Paper: Climate and Transportation Policy Sequencing in California and Quebec

Authors: Mark Purdon (ESG-UQAM), Genevieve Giuliano (USC), Julie Witcover (UC Davis), Colin Murphy (UC Davis), Sonya Ziaja (CPUC), Colleen Kaiser (York U), Mark Winfield (York U), Charles Séguin (ESG-UQAM), Jacques Papy (UQAM), Sang-O Kim (USC), Louis-Charles Coderre (UMontréal), Myriam Goulet (UQAM), and Lew Fulton (UC Davis)

Publication Date: October 2019

Abstract: In this working paper we discuss the California-Quebec emissions trading system and its relationship with so-called “complementary policies” in the transportation sector. Quebec remains, after the brief involvement of the province of Ontario in 2018, the sole jurisdiction linked to California through an emissions trading system. But questions remain whether the complexities of California’s climate policies might limit their effective replication elsewhere. The challenge is that striving for efficient and flexible regulations that account for policy interaction and sequencing requires significant technical resources, as governments often take on a larger role in designing policy components for specific sectors of the economy. While outstanding challenges remain in the transport sector in both jurisdictions, we find that many of the policies observed in California’s transportation sector have been adopted by the Quebec and Canadian federal government in a manner that alleviates some concerns about replicability. The sequence by which so-called complementary transport policies have been introduced is also more complex than reported in other studies. At the Quebec and the Canadian federal government, low-carbon transport policies have both preceded and succeeded efforts to put an economy-wide price on GHG emissions. These findings point to the possibility of replicating California’s suite of climate policies in a sequential manner that generates political benefits in terms of reduced and distributed costs while alleviating concerns about free-ridership. We conclude with a discussion about coordinating emissions trading and complementary policies amongst linked jurisdictions. 

 

JCCTRP Working Paper: Overview of Climate, Energy and Transport Policy in Quebec (2019)

Authors: Louis-Charles Coderre (UMontréal), Myriam Goulet (UQAM) and Mark Purdon (UQAM)

Publication Date: June 2019

Abstract: This working paper presents an overview of Quebec energy, transportation and climate change mitigation policies. Special attention is given to institutional frameworks and key government actors at different levels of government. This includes a review of major policies of the Canadian federal and provincial governments as well as that of the City of Montreal, the largest urban agglomeration in the province. The overview illustrates the complex interactions between institutions and policy actors in Quebec, Canada as well as North America. We also review greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets and assess progress at different governance scales. This includes assessment of the current state of measures adopted or planned by policy actors at various scales as well as the investments considered, in particular concerning carbon pricing and regulations, the electrification of transport and investments in infrastructure and public transport. This working paper also reviews transport and energy system modeling efforts and the importance of models in the policy process. A special focus is given to Quebec’s role as a major producer of clean energy in the northeastern part of North America, where Hydro-Québec has long been a supplier of hydroelectricity.

 

JCCTRP Working Paper: Decarbonizing Road Transportation in Ontario (2018)

Author: Colleen Kaiser, PhD candidate at York University (Ontario)

Publication Date: November 2018

Abstract: This working paper on private road transport uses two broad categories to organize decarbonization efforts in the province of Ontario: 1) cleaner vehicles and 2) transportation demand management. These categories represent the two key objectives of policies and mechanisms to develop a low-carbon transport system. 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars, and 2) reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Establishing an economy-wide carbon price supports these specific efforts.