Just Climate Policies with Taco Niet

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Part of the President's Faculty Lectures: shining a light on research excellence at SFU

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Addressing the climate crisis in an equitable and just way will require significant policy and infrastructure changes in a short timeframe. It is imperative that the decisions we make now are grounded in principles of justice and equity while ensuring that the path we chart reduces emissions and avoids environmental collapse. To make effective choices, we need evidence-based decision-making tools like models to evaluate our choices and identify pathways with the best chance of solving the climate crisis. My work with the United Nations supporting countries through modelling has given me a broad perspective not only on the challenges we face, but also on the opportunities available, to build better energy systems and improve the lives of countless people across the planet.

— Taco Niet

About the lecturer

Taco Niet, assistant professor of professional practice in SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, builds modelling tools to address the challenges at the nexus of Energy+. Energy+ represents all aspects of nature and society, including energy, land, water, climate, health, and other impacts on human and ecological well-being. By helping build tools to understand these intersections, Niet contributes to solving the climate justice challenge. His research team is building a variety of tools, including a North American model to evaluate cross-border carbon policies, a Canadian model to evaluate land use implications of biomass, and tools used internationally to support policy dialogues.

About the President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and researchers that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

Each short lecture by an SFU researcher will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session.

This year, lecturers will approach the themes of equity and justice from a variety of disciplines.

Learn more about all of the President's Faculty Lectures of 2021/2022.

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