Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Ontario government reveals climate plan, vows to meet Paris Agreement goals

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Under the Paris Agreement, targets were set to reduce emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips unveiled the plan on Thursday, saying it would allow the province to reach its Paris targets "without picking their pockets for a carbon tax like Justin Trudeau wants to do".

Dianne Saxe said the Tory plan to introduce standards on the province's largest emitters is the equivalent of the federal price on carbon set to be imposed on the province in 2019.

The fund is to include a $50-million "reverse auction" that encourages businesses to bid on government contracts awarded based on the lowest cost per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions.

The government hopes its investment in helping companies to reduce their carbon footprint will "unlock" more than $1 billion of private capital for the same objective.

The provincial government's new plan to address climate change is "entirely insufficient" and will result in the taxpayer paying big polluters, Kingston and the Islands MPP Ian Arthur said.

The province will also engage in an Ontario-wide assessment of the impacts of climate change to determine how it's affecting businesses, families and communities in order to find further solutions, and will consult stakeholders to develop performance standards for larger emitters.

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New Ontario Premier Doug Ford swept to power in June promising to overhaul the previous government's clean energy plan, which he said was wasteful and drove up electricity prices. In October, the environment minister released the details of its so-called carbon "backstop", which will be applied in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, where no carbon tax is now in place.

The Ford government brings in its climate change strategy against the backdrop of its bitter fight with the Trudeau government over carbon pricing. "They're imposing a carbon price with a benchmark - which is what the federal carbon tax is".

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is hoping to intervene in the Saskatchewan government's constitutional challenge of the federal government's plan for a national price on carbon.

In announcing the plan, the provincial government touted the province's success in reducing emission through sustainable hydroelectric and nuclear energy sources.

The new plan also aims to improve water quality with real-time monitoring of sewage overflows into lakes and rivers.

Labor climate spokesman Mark Butler said the report shows it is a "slap in the face" that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has maintained Australia will meet its Paris climate change targets "in a canter".

Ottawa has asked all provinces to put a minimum price on emissions of $20 per tonne by January 1, with a federal carbon tax imposed on provinces that don't follow suit.

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In short, it's the difference between what nations need to do and what they're actually doing to prevent risky levels of climate change.

That comes as carbon dioxide emissions rose last year, after three years of stagnation.

The PCs had promised during the election campaign to create an emissions-reduction fund, offering public money to companies that come up with innovative ways to reduce their greenhouse gas output.

Phillips, however, said Friday that the plan will keep emissions in check while maintaining the province's economic competitiveness.

Philips has said Wednesday he was looking to jurisdictions around the world, including Australia.

The governments of New Brunswick and Ontario have asked to intervene on Saskatchewan's side.

"The message is clear: we need to make an nearly existential change, the solutions are there, and we have no excuse".

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Ontario's total greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 22 per cent.

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