How will climate change affect the health of British Columbians and what can we do about it? What infrastructure and institutional changes are needed to reduce greenhouse gases while maintaining BC’s economic competitiveness? And how can a cap-and-trade system help BC meet its emission targets?
These are some of the questions tackled in a set of climate change discussion papers prepared by teams of researchers associated with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).
The discussion papers cover eight broad areas of policy concern for BC—identified in consultation with the BC government—and have been submitted to the BC Climate Action Secretariat for review.
“These papers define the issues and set the questions in each of these policy areas,” says Dr. Ned Djilali, UVic’s Canada Research Chair in Energy Systems and chair of the PICS program committee. “Once we’ve received feedback from the government and other stakeholders, the papers will serve as building blocks for the institute’s long-term research agenda.”
PICS is a collaborative venture among BC’s four research-intensive universities. Led and hosted by UVic, PICS was created in 2008 with a $90-million endowment from the BC government. It brings the province’s best minds—from universities, government and the private sector—together to frame questions and propose solutions to the climate-related technological, social, economic and public policy challenges facing BC.
The eight discussion paper topics are: health; forestry; cap-and-trade systems; green building design; transportation; alternative energy; sustainable communities; and adaptation priorities.
The full text of each discussion paper is available on the PICS website at www.pics.uvic.ca/research.php.