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Webinar | Do Environmental Regulations Cost as Much as We Think They Do?
Date & Time: Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 12-1 pm EST 
Cost: Free

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

How retrospective analysis points to the persistent tendency to overestimate the costs and underestimate the benefits of environmental regulations.
The role of stringent, flexible environmental regulations in inducing innovation.
The implications of these findings for designing environmental regulations – and strategies for facilitating the retrospective analysis thereof.

Who should attend? This webinar is targeted at federal or provincial government staff, industry association representatives, and politicians who are interested in learning about the actual costs and benefits of environmental regulation, and the relationship between environmental regulations and innovation.

Registration for this webinar is free.

Background: The time is right to discuss the costs of environmental regulations. Across Canada, fact and opinion swirl about which policies are best for both the economy and the environment. Environmental regulations remain deeply contested and cause concern for some that the costs will simply be too high.  At the same time, polling data show that Canadians overwhelmingly want both a protected environment and a vibrant economy.

This webinar presents the findings of an updated version of our 2016 policy brief on overestimating the cost of compliance with environmental regulations. It draws on an international literature review and a series of case studies from Canada and the U.S. to demonstrate that the net benefits of environmental regulations are often greater than initially anticipated.

Presenter: Scott McFatridge is a research associate with the Smart Prosperity Institute. Scott has contributed various green economy publications and initiatives at SPI, including Getting to a Circular Economy: A primer for Canadian policymakers, and Decent Work in the Green Economy (in collaboration with the Mowat Centre).

Dec 19, 2018 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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