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Canadian Climate Change Consultation

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by RichardC, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. RichardC

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    In Canada, provincial, territorial and federal governments are working together with Indigenous peoples and the public to shape Canada’s approach to climate change. Submit your idea and join the conversation at:

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    Overview of Comprehensive Carbon Pricing Submission

    The carbon pricing submission endeavors to address many of the key elements in the policy debate, and to provide the context and a practical framework which could be ramped up over time, while providing a degree of flexibility to the provinces. It specifically addresses the following points:
    1. Why all Canadian GHG emissions should be subject to a minimum price (whether under a cap and trade, or carbon levy model)?
    2. Why persistent decreases in the price of fossil fuels should be negated by increases to the minimum price on carbon?
    3. Why a revenue neutral, fee and dividend model alone is not the optimum policy model?
    4. Why an additional pollution surcharge should apply to certain durable GHG emitting goods?
    5. The priority uses to which the proceeds of the price on carbon should be put?
    6. The critically important role of public education about climate change?
    7. The use of international trade compliant, carbon border adjustments or equivalent mechanisms to level the competitive playing field.
    The full submission may be read (and comments filed for review by the Carbon Pricing Working Group) at:

    Comprehensive Carbon Pricing Submission
     
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    Overview of Clean Technology, Innovation and Jobs Submission

    The clean technology, innovation and jobs submission responds to and complements the July 2016 Backgrounder prepared by the Clean Technology Working Group. It briefly surveys the technology context and the need for urgent action in order for Canada to participate effectively in the ongoing clean energy transition. Based on this context, it provides some specific suggestions around the following points:
    1. The need for public education and advocacy concerning the opportunities presented by the clean energy transition.
    2. The creation of a Minister of Economic Transformation to spearhead and coordinate the transition.
    3. The creation of cleantech industry clusters in Canada (using endowed chairs and centers of excellence).
    4. The expansion of Canada’s role in the development of technical standards for clean technologies.
    5. Mechanisms for funding Canadian cleantech companies.
    6. Policies which could assist Canadian cleantech companies to ramp up scale and to develop export markets.
    The full submission may be read (and comments filed for review by the Cleantech Innovation Pricing Working Group) at:

    Clean Technology, Innovation and Jobs Submission - Response to Working Group Backgrounder
     
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    #4 voyager, Sep 27, 2016
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    I have been reading dozens of suggestions. Most spill opinions and viewpoints, rarely you read about a plan people can sink their teeth in.
     
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    I agree. It is an initiative which has been substantially polluted by postings from a number of hyperactive climate deniers.

    The site has been closed to new posts, but remains open for viewing.

    In terms of the steps that each and every one of us can take, the following is a brief set of suggestions for individual action to combat climate change:
    1. Cut housing emissions – insulate, seal, and use a heat pump and an air exchanger in place or oil or gas.
    2. Cut local transportation emissions – telecommute, walk, bike, use transit and/or electric vehicles.
    3. Cut energy generation emissions – use green energy supplier (e.g., Bullfrog), install solar panels, invest in and support community renewable power.
    4. Cut travel emissions – avoid air travel, telecommute, use electric cars or ground transportation for required travel over longer distances.
    5. Cut agricultural emissions – reduce or eliminate red meat, reduce all meat, buy local, buy organic.
    6. Cut recreational emissions – avoid GHG emitting forms of recreation, and bike, canoe, kayak, sail, cross country ski, etc. instead of motor sports.
    7. Spread the word – educate, advocate, be a cleantech early adopter, contact politicians to express support for strong action, support eNGOs and call out deniers.
    With reasonable level of effort, a 90% reduction in personal GHG emissions is often readily achievable.
     
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    Richard, I noticed that Ontario and Alberta each have their own climate change action plan.
    What do you think those governments will do with the suggestions that were sent in?
     
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    The suggestions are addressed to the federal government and the Provinces through federal / provincial working groups who are meeting to prepare the first ministers for high level meeting later this autumn with a view to reaching agreement on a "pan-Canadian" climate action plan (which is expected to include a price on carbon).

    Recent reports on the process and current status may be found at the following links:

    Ottawa to impose a national carbon price on the provinces
    Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016, Minister Says
    Feds sending mixed messages on how provinces can price carbon: McNeil
    Canada won't meet emissions target without stronger efforts: report

    Some background on the process leading up to this consultation may be found at:

    Goodmans LLP : Paris to Vancouver and Washington DC: Sunny Days Ahead for CleanTech in Canada!
     
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    Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing Carbon Pollution - Canada News Centre

    Announced by the Canadian Government October 3, 2016

    Backgrounder Article from [​IMG]

    Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing Carbon Pollution

    In March 2016, the First Ministers committed to putting Canada on a credible path to meet or exceed our national target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The First Ministers agreed that this will require transitioning to a low-carbon economy by adopting a range of measures, including carbon pricing, adapted to the specific circumstances of each province and territory. Federal, provincial and territorial governments are developing a Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to implement these commitments, for adoption at the First Ministers Meeting in fall 2016.

    Economy-wide carbon pricing is the most efficient way to reduce emissions, and by pricing pollution, will drive innovative solutions to provide low-carbon choices for consumers and businesses. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, representing over 80 percent of the population, have already introduced carbon pricing. More action is needed, however, to expand the application of carbon pricing across Canada and ensure that it plays a significant role in reducing GHG emissions by increasing its stringency over time.

    The Government of Canada supports the following principles, which are based on those proposed by the Working Group on Carbon Pricing Mechanisms:

    • Carbon pricing should be a central component of the Pan-Canadian Framework.
    • The approach should be flexible and recognize carbon pricing policies already implemented or in development by provinces and territories.
    • Carbon pricing should be applied to a broad set of emission sources across the economy.
    • Carbon pricing policies should be introduced in a timely manner to minimize investment into assets that could become stranded and maximize cumulative emission reductions.
    • Carbon price increases should occur in a predictable and gradual way to limit economic impacts.
    • Reporting on carbon pricing policies should be consistent, regular, transparent and verifiable.
    • Carbon pricing policies should minimize competitiveness impacts and carbon leakage, particularly for trade-exposed sectors.
    • Carbon pricing policies should include revenue recycling to avoid a disproportionate burden on vulnerable groups and Indigenous peoples.
    The Government of Canada proposes a pan-Canadian benchmark for carbon pricing that reflects these principles and the Vancouver Declaration. Its goal is to ensure that carbon pricing applies to a broad set of emission sources throughout Canada with increasing stringency over time to reduce GHG emissions at lowest cost to business and consumers and to support innovation and clean growth.

    The benchmark includes the following elements:

    1. Timely introduction. All jurisdictions will have carbon pricing by 2018.
    2. Common scope. Pricing will be based on GHG emissions and applied to a common and broad set of sources to ensure effectiveness and minimize interprovincial competitiveness impacts. At a minimum, carbon pricing should apply to substantively the same sources as British Columbia’s carbon tax.
    3. Two systems. Jurisdictions can implement: (i) an explicit price-based system (a carbon tax like British Columbia’s or a carbon levy and performance-based emissions system like in Alberta), or (ii) a cap-and-trade system (e.g. Ontario and Quebec).
    4. Legislated increases in stringency, based on modelling, to contribute to our national target and provide market certainty.
      • For jurisdictions with an explicit price-based system, the carbon price should start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018, and rise by $10 per year to $50 per tonne in 2022.
      • Provinces with cap-and-trade need: (i) a 2030 emissions reduction target equal to or greater than Canada’s 30 percent reduction target; (ii) declining (more stringent) annual caps to at least 2022 that correspond, at a minimum, to the projected emissions reductions resulting from the carbon price that year in price-based systems.
    5. Revenues remain in the jurisdiction of origin. Each jurisdiction can use carbon pricing revenues according to their needs, including to address impacts on vulnerable populations and sectors and to support climate change and clean growth goals.
    6. Federal backstop. The federal government will introduce an explicit price-based carbon pricing system that will apply in jurisdictions that do not meet the benchmark. The federal system will be consistent with the principles and will return revenues to the jurisdiction of origin.
    7. Five-year review. The overall approach will be reviewed by early 2022 to confirm the path forward, including continued increases in stringency. The review will account for progress and for the actions of other countries in response to carbon pricing, as well as recognition of permits or credits imported from other countries.
    8. Reporting. Jurisdictions should provide regular, transparent and verifiable reports on the outcomes and impacts of carbon pricing policies.
    The Government will work with the territories to address their specific challenges.

    This pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing is a practical and cost-effective way to address climate change and will contribute to substantial emission reductions, stimulate innovation, clean growth and jobs for the middle class to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Government of Canada is committed to continuing to work with provinces and territories to implement carbon pricing as a central component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. It will also continue to engage with Indigenous peoples. By acting now and acting together, we will build a better Canada for our children and grandchildren.
     
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    One can practically extrapolate developments (the rising costs because of climate change to begin with) and trends (among which the decreasing income from tar sands) and put them in diagrams. Where certain lines cross each other, there's where the carbon pricing ought to start.
     
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    It says: You can keep the conversation going on social media using the #CANClimateAction hashtag
    Can you check if anything is going on at all?
    (I don't do social media for personal reasons)
     
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    Not a lot of depth (Twitter comments and links). Mostly discussing the federal carbon price announcement (summarized above).
     
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