Mark Jaccard

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Mark Jaccard

Mark Kenneth Jaccard (born April 12, 1955 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a professor of environmental economics in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Jaccard develops and applies models that assess sustainability policies for energy and material.


Dr. Jaccard has been a professor at Simon Fraser University since 1986. He served as Chair and CEO of the B.C. Utilities Commission (1992 to 1997), on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1993 to 1996), and on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1996 to 2001). Until 2005 Dr. Jaccard taught ecological economics at REM and he continues to teach courses on energy and materials management, policy and energy and materials systems modeling. He was a lead author on the Global Energy Assessment, a member of Canada's National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and a special advisor to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. In 2007, he won the SFU President's Award for Media and his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for best policy book in Canada. In 2008 he was named the BC Academic of the Year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations and in 2009 he was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Jaccard is featured in the 2011 documentary film Peace Out. In 2012, Dr. Jaccard was named to Canada's Clean16 and Clean50 awards, in recognition of his contributions to sustainability education in Canada.[1]



Recent publications include:

  • "The Accidental Activist", 2013, The Walrus.
  • Anticipating public attitudes to underground CO2 storage, 2009. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.
  • Combining stated and revealed choice research to simulate preference dynamics: the case of hybrid-electric vehicles, 2009. Resource and Energy Economics.
  • Peak oil and market feedbacks: Chicken Little versus Dr. Pangloss, 2009, in T. Homer-Dixon (ed.) Carbon Shift, Random House.
  • The neighbor effect: simulating dynamics in consumer preferences for new vehicle technologies, 2008. Ecological Economics.
  • Designing Canada’s Low-Carb Diet: Options for Effective Climate Policy, 2007. C.D. Howe Institute Benefactors’ Lecture.
  • Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challenge, 2007. McClelland and Stewart.
  • Burning Our Money to Warm the Planet: Canada's Ineffective Climate Policies, 2006. C.D. Howe Commentary.
  • Heterogeneous Capital Stocks and Optimal Timing for CO2 Abatement, 2006. Resource and Energy Economics.
  • Choice of Environmental Policy in the Presence of Learning by Doing, 2006. Energy Economics.
  • Useful Models for Simulating Policies to Induce Technological Change, 2006. Energy Policy.
  • Sustainable Fossil Fuels: An Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy, 2005. Cambridge University Press.
  • Simulating Policies to Induce Technological Change: The Usefulness of Energy-Economy Models Under Technological and Behavioural Uncertainty, 2005. International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy.
  • Policies that Mobilize Producers Toward Sustainability: The Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Vehicle Emission Standard, In G. Toner, Building Canadian Capacity: Sustainable Production and the Knowledge Economy, 2005. UBC Press.
  • Energy-Environment Policy Modeling of Endogenous Technological Change with Personal Vehicles: Combining Top-Down and Bottom-Up Methods, 2004 Ecological Economics.
  • The Renewable Portfolio Standard, 2004 Encyclopedia of Energy.
  • The Morning After: Optimal GHG Policies for Canada’s Kyoto Obligation and Beyond, 2004 (Jaccard, Rivers and Horne) CD Howe Institute, 31 p.
  • Modeling the Cost of Climate Policy: Distinguishing Between Alternative Cost Definitions and Long-Run Cost Dynamics, 2003 The Energy Journal.
  • Methodological Contrasts in Costing GHG Abatement Policies: Optimization and Simulation Modeling of Micro-Economic Effects in Canada, 2003 Jaccard et al.), European Journal of Operations Research.
  • The Cost of Climate Policy, 2002 (Jaccard, Nyboer and Sadownik), UBC Press, 240 p. Winner of the Best Policy Book in Canada award of the National Policy Research Initiative, and shortlisted for the Donner award for best policy book in Canada.


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