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Grant supports research on climate policy

Grant supports research on climate policy

Professor Chi Carmody has been awarded a grant of $43,500 from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario for the project, “Mapping the Legal Framework of Carbon Pricing under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI).”

Carmody will supervise student researchers from Western Law, Case Western Reserve University Law, and UC Berkeley Law as they prepare a handbook on provincial and state compliance with the WCI. The WCI partner jurisdictions – Ontario, Québec and California – committed to a common cap-and-trade scheme of emission permits for greenhouse gases (GHG).

Although Ontario cancelled its emissions trading program and link with the WCI scheme in July 2018, California and Québec hope to extend the scheme to other North American jurisdictions in the future. For example, in May 2018 Nova Scotia signed a memorandum of understanding with WCI to receive administrative and technical services to support its own in-province GHG emissions trading program.

Carmody also notes that Canada’s federal government will require all provinces to have emissions reduction targets starting in January 2019 to help meet Canada’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a requirement which makes prior experience with WCI of continuing relevance.

“We’re excited to receive this award,” said Carmody. “The project builds on our longstanding relationship with the Case Western Reserve School of Law through the Canada-U.S. Law Institute and is particularly important at a time of continuing concern about climate change and unsettled conditions between our two countries. We look forward to getting students working together on both sides of the border.”

Research began in January 2018 and the handbook is due to CIGI in November 2018. Seven student researchers – five Canadian, two American – are undertaking the relevant research.

This article appeared in the Western Law 2018 Alumni Magazine.
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