For the major paper, you will take on the role of an academic consultant hired to advise a high-level decision-maker from a corporation, industry association, government ministry, government agency or non-profit organization. Feel free to choose someone from the sector you focused on in the previous assignment.
Your task is to brief them on policy issues related to the energy transition, and more specifically Canada’s target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. You must identify the specific person and company/ministry/group you are providing advice to (and they should be a real person). Your advice should be tailored to their organization. This doesn’t mean that you should simply tell them what you think they want to hear, but in making the case you should ensure that your advice is relevant to their situation and role within the policy community (e.g. the CEO of an oil company can’t pass legislation but can advocate for certain policies).
It can be written either in essay format or as a briefing note and should be no more than 3000 words. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts studied in the course and an ability to apply them to this topic, as well as an ability to identify and include other relevant research.12 attachmentsSlide 1 of 12
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Intro to ENV 350: Energy and Environment Policy and Politics September 13, 2021 “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war.” Toronto Conference on the Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security (1988) What will it take? Limiting warming to 1.5º C • Requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. • Has clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems. • Could go hand-in-hand with a more sustainable and equitable society. This course There is broad agreement that big, rapid changes to our energy system are vital to addressing climate change. Smart people disagree on the best way to do that. What is an energy transition? How does our political and policy system work? What are the tools available to us? What is the role of ideas, institutions and interests in shaping how we define proble
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