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Taco Niet | Just Climate Policies: Modelling for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

PFL 2021-2022, Equity + Justice, Climate + Environment, 2022, President's Faculty Lectures

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

Tue, 25 Jan 2022

6:30 p.m. (PT)

Online event

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

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 faculty 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.

Taco Niet

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.

Join us! Registration is free. We’ll also send an email recap to everybody who RSVPs, even if you can’t make the event.

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Accessibility, Technology, and Privacy

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

The event will be recorded, and a link to the captioned video recording will be emailed to all registrants after the event.

Technology

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

To engage in this online event, you will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.

We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.

Protecting your privacy

This event will be recorded, but only the speakers will be visible in the published recording. The recording will be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube and social media channels.

To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password-protect the event
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy:

  • We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others:

  • Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.

If you have any questions about this event’s accessibility, technology requirements or privacy, please connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca.

Community Guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the usernames and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
  • Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.

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