IESVic webinar: Improving climate policy projections: A review of energy-economy models in Canada

Katya Rhodes, Aaron Hoyle, & Kira Craig

Wednesday, February 3
1:00- 2:00
online (details below)

Energy-economy models play an increasingly important role in informing climate policy decisions, yet their results lack consistency in terms of projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic impacts. Dr. Katya Rhodes and her Graduate Research Assistants, Aaron Hoyle and Kira Craig, will present the results of their SSHRC-funded comparative review of 24 energy-economy models used in Canada over the past decade. The study is informed by research collaborators, Dr. Madeleine McPherson (IESVic) and ECCC. The presentation will offer best practice suggestions for improving energy-economy models to better evaluate our progress to climate targets and implement effective climate policies.

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Meeting ID: 846 3353 4073

Dr. Katya Rhodes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. She investigates the topics of low-carbon economy transitions and climate policy designs using survey tools and energy-economy models. Dr. Rhodes worked in the British Columbia (BC) Climate Action Secretariat where she led greenhouse gas emissions modelling and economic analyses for the provincial CleanBC climate plan.

Aaron Hoyle is an analyst at the Canada Energy Regulator. He holds a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University. For his Master’s thesis, Aaron investigated the effectiveness of Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard using an energy-economy model called gTech.

Kira Craig is a Master’s candidate in the School of Public Administration at UVic studying energy-economy model differences and similarities for her thesis. Kira worked as a policy analyst supporting work on Canada’s international priorities related to plastic waste and marine litter in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) International Affairs Branch.