SP invites you to hear global leaders and experts discuss the politics of carbon pricing, oil, and heritage funds – at the 2015 Congress of Academics.

June 3rd, 4-5 PM features a keynote by Kristin Halvorsen, Former Minister of Finance for Norway and now Director of CICERO (a major climate research institute), on "Norway's approach to reconciling oil and sustainability: heritage funds, carbon pricing, and economic stability".

June 4th, 1-5 PM features an afternoon symposium titled "Getting to Strong Climate Policies: Politics, Theory, and Global Lessons", showcasing three prominent academics and three political leaders (former Premier of Quebec, The Hon. Jean Charest, former Environment Minister of France, Brice Lalonde, and former Finance Minister of Norway, Kristin Halvorsen) discussing how to meet the challenges of enacting strong climate policies -- mixing research theory with 'real-world' climate politics.

For details on both events and live webcast links, please see below.

Event #1: "Norway's approach to reconciling oil and sustainability: heritage funds, carbon pricing, and economic stability" Keynote Address

Kristin Halvorsen is Director of CICERO - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo. She is a former politician and was a member of the Stoltenberg Government from 2005 - 2013. Halvorsen was Norway's first female Finance Minister from 2005 to 2009 and Minister of Education from 2009 to 2013. From 2005 to 2012, she was Deputy Prime Minister.

Tuesday, June 3, 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Desmarais Building, Room 12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East
Free and open to the public
Live webcast available here

As a major oil-producing, northern, developed nation, Norway’s experience with reconciling oil and sustainability are highly relevant for Canada -- and especially oil producing provinces. In this keynote, Ms. Halvorsen will draw on her experience as Finance Minister in Norway from 2005-2009 to discuss how imposing a high carbon tax on oil producers (higher than that imposed by trading partners) need not harm oil production, but can increase competitiveness of the oil and gas industry by encouraging clean innovation. The Norwegian experience also shows that putting public oil revenues into a future trust fund has many benefits: including providing economic stability, reducing currency inflation, and sharing this one-time wealth with future generations, and Ms. Halvorsen will reflect on how the management of heritage funds can be improved to support climate friendly investments (a subject of current debate in Norway).

Event #2: "Getting to Strong Climate Policies: Politics, Theory, and Global Lessons" Symposium

Wednesday, June 4, 2015, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Desmarais Building, Room 12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East
Free and open to the public

Live webcast available here

Opening Remarks – Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada

Panel 1: The Politics of Carbon Pricing

1) Jean Charest, Former Premier of Quebec, Former Federal Minister of Environment

2) Kristin Halvorsen, Former Norwegian Minister of Finance, Director of CICERO

3) Brice Lalonde, Former Minister of the Environment of France, Former Ambassador on Climate Change for France, Founder of the Political Party, Ecology Generation

Composed of former senior politicians, this panel will explore political experiences with carbon pricings strategies. The discussion will focus on the political conditions that led to the adoption of or emerging discussion around carbon pricing policies within each jurisdiction.

Panel 2: The Role and Effectiveness of Carbon Pricing in the Low Carbon Economy

1) Kathryn Harrison, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia

2) Michael Mehling, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3) Matthew Paterson, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Building on the previous political panel discussion, leading academics will explore the role of carbon pricing in the transition to a low carbon economy. They will review current evidence on the effectiveness of carbon taxes in reducing GHG emissions, their economic efficiency, political economy considerations and distributional impacts.