The Ontario government announced the next stage in its commitment to protect the environment and fight climate change without imposing a carbon tax.
In particular, Ontario’s proposed regulatory approach combines emissions reductions standards while recognizing the unique circumstances of Ontario’s economy and its manufacturing sector.
These made-in-Ontario emissions standards will consider factors such as trade exposure, competitiveness and process emissions. Similar to approved systems in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the proposed approach would set sector or facility-level greenhouse gas emissions performance standards that industrial facilities are required to meet and tie emissions to the level of output or production from these facilities, rather than an absolute cap on emissions for the province. Each industrial facility would be required to demonstrate compliance annually.
"Performance standards are a key part of the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan that puts Ontario on a path to achieve our 30% emissions reduction target, which is aligned with the federal government’s target," said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "Our proposed approach to reduce emissions from industry would help us achieve our emissions reduction targets without imposing a carbon tax, which would kill jobs, negatively impact the province’s economy and make life more expensive for workers, seniors and families."
In addition to the proposed standards for large emitters, Ontario recently released a proposal to increase the renewable content in gasoline to 15 per cent as early as 2025, encouraging the uptake of lower carbon fuels and helping to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.
"Our environment plan put forward responsible, tangible solutions that take into consideration the unique circumstances of our economy and the environment," said Phillips. "We are already making progress with our emissions reduction proposals to fight climate change and will ensure Ontario continues to protect the environment."