WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s provincial government has announced a Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which was developed after a year of consultations with environmental, business and climate expert stakeholders.
One of the main components of the plan is carbon pricing at $25 per tonne starting in 2018, which Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires noted will not rise, with a full review of the carbon pricing plan scheduled for 2022.
"Our lower carbon price respects the massive hydro investments Manitobans have made over decades to build one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said in a statement.
The carbon levy will not be applied to marked fuels used for farming operations and agricultural operations can contribute to carbon sequestration and offset trading systems to be established in Manitoba and elsewhere, explains a release.
"This plan sets out a made-in-Manitoba solution to climate change that respects our clean energy investments, supports our economy and reduces emissions. It will protect the environment while also building a prosperous low-carbon economy in Manitoba," Squires added.
Large industrial emitters can reduce emissions through an output pricing system of performance standards, offsets and credit trading.
"An independent expert advisory commission of Manitobans will be established to help develop five-year carbon savings accounts to meaningfully reduce emissions across sectors of the economy," Squires added.
The plan also sets out initiatives to protect wetlands, watersheds, water quality and habitats. Squires stated low carbon jobs will be encouraged through green infrastructure, clean technology, and skills and training.
The public can add their views on the plan via an online survey at www.manitobaclimategreenplan.ca.