Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are at a record low, with more than half of the country’s electricity generating at least some renewable energy, according to the federal Energy Strategy.
The province of Ontario recently announced that its electric grid will become 100 per cent clean by 2020.
But while the provincial government is leading the charge, some provinces are lagging behind.article “We are very encouraged by the progress we have made in terms of our green energy targets,” said the minister of the environment, MaryAnn Mihychuk.
“We have a strong plan for clean, reliable energy.
But we are not at a point where we can say that we are 100 per cen t the way we want to be.”
The province has a plan to get its green energy to half of its electricity needs by 2020, including for wind and solar energy.
The plan also calls for a 50 per cent share of electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2025, including solar and wind, and a 20 per cent stake in nuclear power.
While the province is still struggling to keep up with the electricity demand that it expects, it is getting some help.
The government of Quebec recently announced a 10 per cent levy on imported natural gas.
It will be phased in over four years and applies to both natural gas liquids and liquefied natural gas, which has become more affordable as a result of a recent oil price slump.
In Nova Scotia, the province announced last month that it will be introducing a carbon tax, starting in 2019.
It also announced a tax on greenhouse gas emitted from the construction of new residential buildings.
The federal government, which launched its Green Economy Plan in January, says it is also committed to reducing greenhouse gas pollution and climate change, but it says it needs to start early to have a chance to succeed.
The plan calls for the federal government to invest $100 billion to invest in green energy by 2030, including a carbon price and incentives for companies to reduce emissions.
It also says that the federal and provincial governments should work together to develop a national climate strategy.
The federal Liberals, the governing Conservatives, and the New Democrats have all vowed to do the same.
“The federal and federal governments need to commit to investing in clean energy by 2020 and then the provinces can follow along as they work together,” said Peter Kent, a spokesperson for the Green Party.
“In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to ensure that all provinces are doing the same.”
The federal Green Economy Minister, Jim Carr, said it is critical that the provinces, municipalities, businesses and communities are fully participating.
If they are not, the federal plan is “a bit of a waste of time,” he said.
In Nova Scotia, the government is now considering a carbon levy, which would be based on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted each year from the electricity sector, with the amount to be determined by the province.
The carbon tax is expected to raise $3 billion, including $400 million from the province for a pilot project, which will see carbon capture and storage technologies used to capture carbon dioxide from the oil and gas industry.
It would also be a tax for the first time on new residential construction.
This article was updated on January 21, 2019 at 11:56 a.m. to reflect the provincial announcement of a carbon charge.