Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 (Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Jun. 8, 2016)
Also discussed here: Five things you need to know about how Ontario’s climate change action plan will affect your life (Financial Post, Jun. 8, 2016)
And here: Ontario’s climate change action plan: what it needs to succeed (Mike Crawley, CBC News, Jun. 8, 2016)
Today we review Ontario’s first climate action plan with targets for the period 2016-2020. The planned GHG reductions fall within a plan to reduce overall emissions by 15% by 2020, 37% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 with most of the reductions coming from three sectors with 85% of current (2013) emissions: transportation (35%), industry (28%) and buildings (19%). Although Ontario is approaching carbon pricing in a different way (Cap and Trade) than British Columbia did 8 years ago using a revenue-neutral carbon tax, a similar approach is to require all municipalities to produce a climate mitigation and adaptation plan. The BC approach is expected to reduce B.C.’s emissions in 2020 by up to three million tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, roughly the equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions created by 787,000 cars per year. Revenue from carbon tax itself $500M/year, was returned to taxpayers who pay less than any other provincial taxpayers in Canada. In addition, the serious way that Ontario is approaching the need for electric vehicles through incentives for new e-cars and for many new charging stations gives some assurance that both the carbon pollutants and toxic air emissions from today’s cars and trucks will be reduced.
- Under Transportation:
- incentives for e-vehicles ($140-160M)
- more charging stations ($80M)
- Under Buildings
- Incentives for heat pumps and geothermal ($500-600M)
- Free energy audits ($200-250M)
- Municipal Land Use Planning
- greenhouse gas pollution reduction challenge fund or program.($250-300M)
- make climate change mitigation and adaptation mandatory in municipal official plans.”
- Create a Global Centre for Low Carbon Mobility ($100-140M)
Other actions are planned for agriculture, industry and in collaboration with the federal government..
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