Description/ Members

Canada and the EU have significant potential to expand their cooperation on environmental and sustainability problems that include, amongst others: the energy/climate change linkage, chemicals policy, and Arctic and protected areas. Additionally, this cluster theme will incorporate multi-disciplinary approaches to elaborating the study of modern environmental and sustainable governance in issue areas including: the integration of economic, social and environmental decision making; the science/policy linkage; the involvement of stakeholders and the public; and the challenge of multi-level governance.  For more information please visit the Research Cluster Description on the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue website.

The activities of the Environment Cluster members are lead by Dr. Joan DeBardeleben, Carleton University and Dr. Inger Weibust, Carleton University


UBC Project: Road to Paris COP21

December 8, 2015 - EUCAnet news
The negotiating phase for COP21 is currently in its early stages and is informed by previous negotiating attempts. In 2009, the EU arrived to COP15 with a vision of a robust climate agreement, only to see it fade into an accord that failed to meet firm measures outlined in its negotiation position. The key question going forward in 2015 is: how will the EU achieve a successful summit in Paris, where an altered climate negotiations regime still bears some similarities to the past? 

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Canada is poised to play a leading role at Paris climate conference

November 30, 2015 
The 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. The Paris summit provides a unique opportunity for Canada to set a different style and tone on the world stage with the new federal government's renewed focus on tackling climate change. With the shift in policy, Canada is expected to play a more assertive role in global climate negotiations along with over 100 other world leaders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the conference in person and his participation comes on the heels of his government's recent announcement of $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries tackle climate change.

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Climate Change and Renewable Energy Policy in the European Union and Canada

November 23, 2015 

Early October 2015 the international workshop and public forum  "Climate Change and Renewable Energy Policy in the European Union" at Carleton University examined European and Canadian approaches to renewable energy production and climate change policy. The workshops had a common theme on how the inter - linkages between new renewables (wind and solar technologies) and climate change are addressed in different types of institutional and political contexts .

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Canadian political parties and their platforms on climate change actions

October 13 2015 - by Dr. Inger Weibust, University of Ottawa

In December governments of more than192 countries will attend the World Climate Summit in Paris to negotiate climate change actions. What kind of policy approaches have Canada's main parties developed regarding climate change? The responses range from the position that  there is no need for action to an ambitious national cap-and -trade program or  even the commitment to eliminate fossil fuels by mid-century. Dr. Inger Weibust comments on Canada's parties' platforms on climate change.  

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