Mark Jaccard


B.A.(Simon Fraser University),
MRM (Resource Management, Simon Fraser University),
Ph.D. (Economics, Grenoble)
Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management

Email:       jaccard (at) sfu (dot) ca
Phone:     (778) 782-4219 (lab: (778) 782-6621)
Fax:        (778) 782-4968

Dr. Jaccard develops and applies models that assess sustainability policies for energy and materials, and directs the Canadian Industrial Energy End-use Data and Analysis Centre. A professor in REM since 1986, Mark served as Chair and CEO of the B.C. Utilities Commission from 1992-97. He serves on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) – currently a lead author for the special report on renewable energy. He serves on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development – currently co-chair of a task force on sustainable use of coal. He is convening lead author for sustainable energy policy in the Global Energy Assessment and a member of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for top 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 .

Recent publications include:

  • Sharp, J., Jaccard, M. and D. Keith, “Anticipating public attitudes to underground CO2 storage,” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2009.

  • Axsen, J., Mountain, D. and M. Jaccard,” Combining stated and revealed choice research to simulate preference dynamics: the case of hybrid-electric vehicles.” Resource and Energy Economics, 2009.

  • Jaccard, M., “Peak oil and market feedbacks: Chicken Little versus Dr. Pangloss,” in T. Homer-Dixon (ed.) Carbon Shift, Random House, 2009.

  • Bataille, C., J-J Tu and M. Jaccard, “Permit sellers, permit buyers: China and Canada’s roles in a global low-carbon society,” Climate Policy, 2008.

  • Mau, P., Eyzaguirre, J., Jaccard, M., Collins-Dodd, C., and K. Tiedemann, “The neighbor effect: simulating dynamics in consumer preferences for new vehicle technologies.” Ecological Economics, 2008.

  • Jaccard, M. Designing Canada’s Low-Carb Diet: Options for Effective Climate Policy, CD Howe Institute Benefactors’ Lecture, 2007

  • Simpson, J., Jaccard, M. and N. Rivers, Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge, McClelland and Stewart, 2007.

  • Rivers N. and M. Jaccard, “Useful Models for Simulating Policies to Induce Technological Change,” Energy Policy, 2006 

  • “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.

  • Jaccard, M. Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • “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.

  • “Canada's Efforts Towards Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: A Case Study in the Limits of Voluntary Action and Subsidies,” 2005. International Journal of Global Energy Issues.

  • “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.

  • “If Sustainability is Expensive, What Roles for Business and Government? The Case of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Canada,” 2004 Journal of Business Administration and Policy Analysis.

  • “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.

  • “Making Markets Work Better”, 2002 (Jaccard and Mao), In Johansson and Goldemberg, Energy for Sustainable Development. United Nations Development Programme, 260 p. (invited book for the World Summit on Sustainable Development).

  • “Sustainable Energy and Urban Form in China: the Relevance of Community Energy Management”, 2001 Energy Policy.

Dr. Jaccard teaches Energy and Materials Management and Policy (REM 650) and Energy and Materials Systems Modelling (REM 658).


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