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Achieving 2050: A Carbon Pricing Policy for Canada – Advise

Our report, Achieving 2050, was released on April 16, 2009. It recommends a unified carbon pricing policy for Canada—a policy aimed at meeting one clear objective: achieving the greatest amount of carbon emission reductions, at the least economic cost. The report sets out a comprehensive road map for establishing a national cap-and-trade system in a phased manner, with adequate transition for industry and consumers. It lists guiding principles for a Canadian carbon pricing policy. The NRT’s carbon pricing roadmap is reasonable and realistic to meet Canada’s emission reduction targets.


April 16, 2009: The National Round Table advised the federal government to move quickly to implement a unified national carbon pricing policy across Canada in order to meet the federal government’s greenhouse gases (GHG) targets for 2020 and 2050.

Achieving 2050: A Carbon Pricing Policy for Canada sets out a comprehensive road-map for establishing a national cap-and-trade system in a phased manner, with adequate transition for industry and consumers, to allow Canada to achieve its environmental goals at the least economic cost.

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Report Highlights

  • An economy-wide carbon price signal is the most effective way to achieve the Government of Canada’s medium- and long-term emission reduction targets and reduce cumulative emissions released into the atmosphere.
  • That price signal should take the form of an economy-wide cap-and-trade system that unifies carbon prices across all jurisdictions and emissions and prepares us for international linkages with our major trading partners.
  • An effective carbon pricing policy needs to find a balance between certainty and adaptability—it should be certain enough to transmit a clear, long-term price signal to the economy upon commencement to encourage technology and change behaviour, yet adaptable to changing circumstances and future learning.
  • There is a cost to delay in the form of higher carbon prices later to meet targets, and a cost to maintaining Canada’s current fragmented approach to carbon pricing policies in the form of reduced GDP and higher carbon prices over time.
  • Canada’s economy will continue to grow under this policy—it is forecast to be twice as large in 2050 than today—but this will be smaller than if no carbon pricing policy were adopted.
  • New federal/provincial/territorial governance mechanisms and processes should be put in place to achieve a harmonized Canadian carbon pricing policy.
  • Technology development and deployment, along with the electrification of the energy system, is central to emission reductions and is stimulated through an economy-wide carbon price signal, as well as appropriate public investment in carbon capture and storage and renewable energy.
  • Complementary regulations and technology policies in the transportation, buildings, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors are also required to ensure broad-based emissions coverage at an overall lower price, reduce total emissions, and meet government targets.


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Achieving 2050 – Advisory Report

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Achieving 2050 – Technical Report

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Achieving 2050 – Outreach Report