Carbon Neutral Resource Library

This library is a complimentary resource for the Carbon Neutral Conversations series.  This illustrative list contains articles, reports, and other key resources on governance. 

Journal Articles

Burch, S., Shaw, A., Dale, A. & Robinson, J. (2014). Triggering transformative change: A development path approach to climate change response in communities. Climate Policy, 14(4), 467-487.

Dale, A., Burch, S., Robinson, J. & Strashok, C. (2018). Multi-level governance of sustainability transitions in Canada: Policy alignment, innovation, and evaluation. In Hughes, S., Chu, E. & Mason, S. (Eds), Climate Change in Cities (pp. 343-358).

Hartley, K. & Kuecker, G.D. (2022). Disrupted governance: Towards a new policy science. Cambridge University Press.

Jaccard, M., Murphy, R., Zuehlke, B. & Braglewicz, M. (2019). Cities and greenhouse gas reduction: Policy makers or policy takers? Energy Policy, 134.

Jordan, A., Lorenzoni, I., Tosun, J., Euguer, J., Geese, L., Kenny, J., Saad, E.L., Moore, B. & Schaub, S.G. (2022). The political challenges of deep decarbonisation: Towards a more integrated agenda. Climate Action, 1(6).

Nerini, F.F., Sovacool, B., Hughes, N., Cozzi, L., Cosgrave, L., Howells, M., Tavoni, M., Tomei, J., Zerriffi, H. & Milligan, B. (2019). Connecting climate action with other sustainable development goals. Nature Sustainability, 2, 674-680.

Newell, R., Dale, A. & Roseland, M. (2018). Climate action co-benefits and integrated community planning: Uncovering the synergies and trade-offs. The International Journal of Climate Change Impacts and Responses, 10(4), 1-23.

Seto, K.C., Davis, S.J., Mitchell, R.B., Stokes, E.C., Unruh, G. & Ürge-Vorsatz, D. (2016). Carbon Lock-in: Types, causes, and policy implications. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 41, 425-452.


IPBES The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (2019): This report represents a critical assessment, the first in almost 15 years (since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005) and the first ever carried out by an intergovernmental body, of the status and trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all. 

IPCC Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018): An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.  

Sink or swim: Transforming Canada’s economy for a global low-carbon future (2021): This report assesses the implications of this global transition for Canada’s economy, and the strategies that can be used to manage risks, seize opportunities, and drive clean, strong, and inclusive growth.

Greater than the sum of its parts: How a whole-of-government approach to climate change can improve Canada’s climate performance (2021): This brief examines whole-of-government approaches to climate change from around the world as well as specific lessons learned from three case studies—the United Kingdom, the United States, and British Columbia.

Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerabilities: The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.

2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Clean aIr, strong economy (2022): The 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan is an ambitious and achievable roadmap that outlines a sector-by-sector path for Canada to reach its emissions reduction target of 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.

Independent Assessment: 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (2022): In response to the release of Canada’s first Emissions Reduction Plan, the Canadian Climate Institute published an in-depth assessment, drawing on our expertise and independent modelling and assumptions conducted with our partners at Navius Research. 

Online Resources

Climate Action Tracker: The Climate Action Tracker is an independent scientific analysis that tracks government climate action and measures it against the globally agreed Paris Agreement aim of "holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C." A collaboration of two organisations, Climate Analytics and NewClimate Institute, the CAT has been providing this independent analysis to policymakers since 2009.

Decent Living Energy: This project develops a body of knowledge to quantify the energy needs and climate change impacts of eradicating poverty and providing decent living standards to all.

Transition Accelorator: The Transition Accelerator (The Accelerator) exists to support Canada’s transition to a net zero future while solving societal challenges. Using our four-step methodology, The Accelerator works with innovative groups to create visions of what a socially and economically desirable net zero future will look like and build out transition pathways that will enable Canada to get there.