Mark Jaccard

Professor • Director of REM


  • BA, Simon Fraser University
  • MRM, Resource Management, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, Economics, Grenoble


Mark has been a professor since 1986 in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. The only exception is 1992 to 1997, when he took a leave of absence to serve as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. He has published over 100 academic papers, most of these related to his principal research focus: the design and application of energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. For this career research, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008. He has contributed to several major processes and assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (93-96 and 2010-2012), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1995-2001 and 2007-2009), Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (2006-2009), British Columbia’s Climate Action Team (2007-2009), and the Global Energy Assessment (2008-2012). In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for top policy book in Canada. At Simon Fraser University he teaches graduate and undergraduate versions of an interdisciplinary course in energy and materials sustainability, covering basic physics, technologies, economics, policy and human cognition and behavior.

Recent publications include: (Full publications listing)

  • Healey, S. and M. Jaccard, 2016, “Abundant low cost natural gas and deep GHG emissions reductions for the United States,” Energy Policy, V.98, 241-253.
  • Healey, S. and M. Jaccard, 2016, “Implications of a US electricity standard for final energy demand,” Energy Economics, V.60, 469-475.
  • Expert Panel on Energy Use and Climate Change (8 panelists including M. Jaccard), 2015, Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada, Council of Canadian Academies, 192 pages.
  • Rhodes, K., Axsen, J. and M. Jaccard, 2015 “Gauging citizen support for a low carbon fuel standard.” Energy Policy, V.79, 104-114.
  • Bataille, C., Melton, N. and M. Jaccard, 2014, “Policy uncertainty and diffusion of carbon capture and storage in an optimal region,” Climate Policy.
  • Rhodes, K., Axsen, J. and M. Jaccard, 2014, “Does climate policy require well-informed citizen support?” Global Environmental Change, V.29, 92-104.
  • Liu, Z., Mao, X., Tu, J. and M. Jaccard, 2014, “A comparative assessment of economic-incentive and command-and-control instruments for air pollution and CO2 control in China’s iron and steel sector,” Journal of Environmental Management, V.144, 135-142.
  • Jaccard, M. and S. Goldberg, 2013, “Technology assumptions and climate policy: The interrelated effects of US electricity-transport policy in EMF 24 using CIMS-US.” The Energy Journal, V35, N. S11.
  • Rhodes, K. and M. Jaccard, “A tale of two climate policies: Political-economy of British Columbia’s carbon tax and clean electricity standard.” Canadian Public Policy, 2013.
  • Jaccard, M., “The political acceptability of carbon taxes: lessons from British Columbia,” In J. Milne and M. Andersen, Handbook of Research on Environmental Taxation, Elsevier, 2012.
  • Jaccard, M. (convening lead author) et al., “Energy Policies: Objectives and Instruments,” In Johansson, T., Patwardhan, A., Nakicenovic, N. and L. Gomez-Echeverri (eds.) The Global Energy Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Future, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1549-1602, 2012.
  • Beugin, D. and M. Jaccard, “Statistical simulation to estimate uncertain behavioral parameters of hybrid energy-economy models,” Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 2012.
  • Murphy, R. and M. Jaccard, “Energy efficiency and the cost of GHG abatement: A comparison of bottom-up and hybrid models for the US,” Energy Policy, 2012.
  • Mitchell, C. (et al., including M. Jaccard), “Policy, Financing and Implementation,” In Edenhofer et al., IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Murphy, R. and M. Jaccard, “Modeling efficiency standards and a carbon tax: Simulations for the US using a hybrid approach,” The Energy Journal, Special Issue EMF 25, 2011
Dr. Jaccard teaches Energy and Energy and Materials Management and Policy (REM 650) and Energy and Materials Systems Modeling (REM 658).