Speaker: Ralph Torrie
Topic: The Eye of the Storm – Climate Change Response Policy in a Five Degree Future
When: August 15, 2010
Event: Climate Change Conference 2010
Ralph Torrie has been a pioneer and advocate for sustainable energy since the 1970s when he co-authored the first comprehensive analysis of efficiency and renewable energy potential in Canada.
He was the Deputy Coordinator of the Energy Research Group of the United Nations University and the International Development Research Centre, and he represented Canadian environment, peace and development groups before the World Commission on Environment and Development.
In 1988 he organized the energy workshop of the Toronto Conference on the Changing Atmosphere and drafted what became known as the Toronto Target for greenhouse gas emission reduction. In the 1990's he developed the rationale and methodology for local government strategies for greenhouse gas reduction now used worldwide.
He produced the first low carbon scenario analysis for Canada, which was one of the first such analyses done anywhere. In the last federal election he represented the Green Party in Northumberland Quinte West. He is currently Managing Director at Navigant Consulting.