Ontario to scale back climate-change goals

Postado Dezembro 01, 2018

"Our approach would set greenhouse gas emissions performance standards that industrial facilities are required to meet and ties emissions to the level of output or production from these facilities, rather than an absolute cap on emissions", Gary Wheeler said in a statement.

"It's a plan that makes a clean break from the status quo, and it's a plan that balances a health environment and a healthy economy", Phillips said.

My concern is whether Ford and the PCs are honest about following through on Phillips' plan, or are they just greenwashing themselves in preparation for their upcoming court battle with Trudeau, who's imposing a carbon tax on Ontario starting January 1 because Ford scrapped cap and trade.

"No part of this plan that the Tories have rolled out includes a price on carbon, which is a big problem", he said.

"The provinces are fully capable of regulating greenhouse gas emissions themselves", the government's factum says.

The climate plan will also establish an independent board to work with the private sector to identify projects that will reduce emissions. The federal government is confident of its authority to take action on climate change, she said.

Ontario's total greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 22 per cent. For Ontario, that would mean a reduction in emissions from 161 megatonnes to 143 megatonnes by 2030. It added, "With the vision we are presenting today, the European Union can inform others how we can deliver collectively a clean planet and show that transforming our economy is possible and beneficial". The talks will produce a "rule book" on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperatures to between 1.5 and two degrees Celsius.

Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips arrives at a press conference on the government’s climate plan in Nobleton
Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips arrives at a press conference on the government’s climate plan in Nobleton

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the Ontario government is taking a step backward in Canada's battle to reduce emissions.

"The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we've seen - governments need to move faster and with greater urgency".

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.

In September, Ontario's environmental commissioner, Dianne Saxe, criticized the Tories for dismantling cap and trade without putting in an effective climate change program to replace it.

The government announcement made no mention of provincial investments in solar and wind energy under the previous Liberal government, except to say that efforts to include more renewable energy into the provinces power grid cost household a lot more money.

Environment Minister Rod Phillips will lay out the plan, which he says will be clear and achievable, at an event north of Toronto this afternoon.

It says cuts to greenhouse gases must triple compared to current plans over the next 12 years in order to keep temperature rises to 2C above pre-industrial levels, the limit agreed by nations under the worldwide Paris climate deal. That means bringing down emissions to 143 megatonnes, compared with the current 161 megatonnes. The difference between the Progressive Conservative 2030 target and the former Liberal one is 30-megatonnes, an amount equivalent to the emission in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined. The other requires less carbon capture technology because it takes into account a "highly circular economy", consumer choices that emit less - such as buying environmentally friendly products and services - and strengthened land use absorption. Premier Doug Ford has vowed to fight carbon pricing in any format, saying it makes life unaffordable for families.