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Changing Tack: BC NDP Accelerates Increase in Carbon Tax and Moves Away from Revenue Neutrality

BC’s recently sworn-in New Democratic Party (NDP) government presented its first provincial budget on September 11, 2017. Among the policy measures announced were changes to the BC carbon tax. In particular, the Budget 2017 Update (2017/18 – 2019/20) provides for the following: As of April 1, 2018, the carbon tax will increase by $5 per … Continue Reading

California Dreaming: The Golden State Considers Overhauling its Cap & Trade System

California continues to blaze a climate change policy trail in pursuit of a state-of-the-art carbon pricing mechanism. Bill SB 775 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Market-based Compliance Mechanisms) was introduced into the California Senate on May 2, 2017, and follows the introduction in February 2017 of SB 584 (which would require 100% of … Continue Reading

Fueling a Lower Carbon Future: Environment and Climate Change Canada Releases Discussion Paper for a Clean Fuel Standard

In November 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced that it would be kicking off a process to develop a clean fuel standard (CFS) in support of Canada’s commitment to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The CFS, which is included as part of the … Continue Reading

The Federal Government Takes a Stand on Carbon Emissions in Coal- and Natural-Gas Fired Generation

On December 17, 2016, the federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced its intention to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in electricity generation to meet its greenhouse gas reduction commitments made as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris Agreement). The Notice of intent published in the Canada … Continue Reading

Turn Down the AC and Fasten your Seatbelts: Two Global Agreements Reached to Curb Emissions from HFCs and International Aviation

October continues to be a busy month for international environmental agreements. After the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was reached on October 5, 2016 (which will now enter into force on November 4, 2016), nearly 200 countries struck a landmark agreement on October 15, 2016 to reduce the emissions of hydrofluorocarbons … Continue Reading

Taking the Bull by the Horns: Federal Government Introduces Pan-Canadian Carbon Price and Ratifies Paris Agreement; Paris Agreement to Come into Force in November 2016

The week of October 3, 2016 was an eventful one for Canadian climate change policy as the federal government introduced a pan-Canadian carbon price and ratified the Paris Agreement. Following the federal election in October 2015, indications were that all provinces and territories would be expected to price carbon. This was confirmed on October 3, … Continue Reading

Target 2050: BC Releases Updated Climate Change Action Plan

The BC government released its long awaited Climate Leadership Plan (the Plan) on August 19, 2016. The Plan, which updates the province’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, contains 21 new actions to reduce emissions across the following sectors: (i) natural gas, (ii) transportation, (iii) forestry and agriculture, (iv) communities and built environment, and (v) public sector. … Continue Reading

North American Leaders’ Summit Yields Tri-Lateral Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan

During the North American Leaders Summit held in Ottawa on June 29, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, United States (US) President Barack Obama, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership, which reflects the leaders’ shared vision for a clean energy economy. The Partnership is supported by … Continue Reading

And So it Begins – Federal Government Launches Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes

On June 20, 2016, the Federal Government launched a comprehensive review of four key environmental and regulatory processes, namely: The federal environmental assessment processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012); The National Energy Board (NEB); The Fisheries Act; and The Navigation Protection Act.… Continue Reading

The Quebec Government introduces its Bill to Modernize the Environmental Authorization Scheme

On June 7, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel (the “Minister“), introduced Bill 102[1] at the Quebec National Assembly, which aims at modernizing the environmental authorization scheme established by the Environment Quality Act. If adopted in its current form, this bill could have important … Continue Reading

When the Levy Breaks: Alberta Government Tables the Climate Leadership Implementation Act

On May 24, 2016, Alberta’s provincial government tabled Bill 20 for first reading in the legislature. Otherwise known as the Climate Leadership Implementation Act (Climate Act), Bill 20 furthers the implementation of the provincial government’s Climate Leadership Plan released in November 2015. As discussed in a previous post, the Climate Leadership Plan identified carbon pricing … Continue Reading

Words into Action: Ontario Gets Ready for Implementation as it Releases Final Regulations for Cap-and-Trade Program and Greenhouse Gas Reporting

As we reported earlier, the Ontario government passed the final version of the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the Act) on May 18, 2016. The Act received Royal Assent later that same day and is now in force. On May 19th, the government posted the final version of The Cap and Trade … Continue Reading

Sign of the Times: 177 Nations (and counting) Ink the Paris Climate Agreement while the World Bank and IMF Push for Carbon Pricing

Paris Agreement Now Open for Signature Earth Day 2016 – April 22nd – marked the opening of the Paris Agreement for signature at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York. The Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 12, 2015, will … Continue Reading

Alberta Moves Forward with Climate Change Initiatives in Budget 2016

As part of its strategy to kick-start the economy, the Alberta government has earmarked almost $8.5 billion in its latest budget to build and modernize major public infrastructure. Released on April 14, 2016, Budget 2016 allocates $634 million to various climate change initiatives in addition to funds for roads and bridges, flood recovery and municipal … Continue Reading

Canada, Mexico and the US sign MOU on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration and Launch Portal for North American Energy Information

Taking a step towards the establishment of a continental energy strategy, energy ministers from Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration on February 12, 2016 during the North American Energy Ministers Meeting in Winnipeg. In addition, they launched a web platform where North American … Continue Reading

Seeking Transparency: Ontario introduces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act

In a bid to provide greater visibility to the public around the use of proceeds from Ontario’s planned cap-and-trade program, the provincial government introduced legislation on February 24, 2016 to ensure that such proceeds are transparently reinvested into green projects and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the proposed Climate Change Mitigation … Continue Reading

Full Steam Ahead: Ontario Releases Draft Cap and Trade Regulations and Revised Guideline for GHG Reporting

The Ontario government has released its first regulation – The Cap and Trade Program Regulation (the Draft Regulation) – under the proposed Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the Act, which is discussed in further detail here). The Draft Regulation sets into motion Ontario’s plan to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15% … Continue Reading
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