Ontario releases Climate Change Strategy and Cap and Trade Discussion Paper

On November 24, 2015 the government of Ontario released its Climate Change Strategy , a broad document that sets out Ontario’s vision for achieving the GHG reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. A separate five-year action plan is promised for 2016, which will include specific commitments for meeting the 2020 emissions reduction target, as well as establish the necessary framework for the  2030 and 2050 targets.   The government has also released a discussion paper: Cap and Trade Program Design Options , (summarized in the Globe and Mail  ). Comments about the cap and trade design can be submitted until December 15.  A draft regulatory proposal will be tabled early in 2016, triggering another public comment period. The Clean Economy Alliance released Getting it Right: Design Recommendations for Ontario’s Cap and Trade System , which recommends policies to make polluters pay for the pollution they generate, while being “ fair to workers, families and industries that are disproportionately affected”. The Climate Action Network Canada surveyed 857 Ontarians in September 2015 regarding carbon pricing and cap and trade systems. Results are here .

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