Case Study - Canadian Transportation "Sustainability"

Case study


Sustainability, as a policy objective, has been addressed in recent policy documents of various states. It relates to a wide range of issues such as climate change, balanced economic growth, corporate social responsibilities and much more. It asks for a new approach to tackle the complex relationships between the society, economy and the environment. 

Sustainability is a concept that promotes a balance of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of any sector. To strengthen our economic systems, national governments are to provide a framework that addresses these three elements. This understanding is embedded in the SKEMA Policy Index as the three dimensions are taken equally into consideration.
If we look at the Canadian strategy for sustainable development, it is understood that the government is committed to encourage better environmental performance from the transport sector. To accomplish this, the administration plans to[1]:
enshrine commitment to environmental responsibility in the National Transportation Policy declaration set out in the Canada Transportation Act to signal the importance of environmental issues in Canada's transportation policies of the future;
promote vehicles and fuels that produce fewer emissions;
promote increased use of alternative modes of transportation;
launch a national awareness campaign to help Canadians make more environmentally sustainable transportation choices;
collaborate with industry, other governments and transportation experts to determine the full cost of transportation, including external costs in pricing.