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2018 Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutant Emissions Projections

On December 21, 2018, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) published Canada’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Air Pollutant Emissions Projections Report for 2018. The Government of Canada has reported Canada’s GHG emissions annually since 2011, showing the annual progress Canada is making towards its target to reduce GHGs by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. A key change in this year’s report was the inclusion of the contribution of the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector to Canada’s projected emissions in 2030.

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Upcoming Webinar Series on Tree Vulnerability to Climate Change: Implications for Adaptive Silviculture

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice, led by the Canadian Forest Service which is part of Natural Resources Canada, is offering a two-part webinar series on forest vulnerability to climate change. Webinars will take place on January 15 and 22, and will provide information on recent advances in quantification and understanding of the vulnerability of Canadian forests to climate change, and the implications for silvicultural practices. An overview of the webinars is provided below.

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Made-in-Newfoundland and Labrador Carbon Pricing Plan Comes Into Effect

Consistent with Federal requirements, the Province’s Made-in-Newfoundland and Labrador Carbon Pricing Plan came into effect on January 1, 2019. The Plan has been designed to accommodate the unique economic, social and fiscal realities of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was informed by a number of principles, including the need to deliver meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, maintain industrial and tax competitiveness, minimize the impacts on consumers and vulnerable groups, and recognize investments to decarbonize our electricity sector.

The carbon pricing system provides for:

  • A carbon tax to be applied to combusted fossil fuels across the economy, except where exemptions are provided, at the federally-mandated price of $20/tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020. This equates to 4.42 cents on gasoline and 5.37 cents on diesel, however, this will be offset by the respective elimination of the remaining 4.00 cent temporary gasoline tax and removal of the 5.00 additional diesel tax introduced in Budget 2016; and
  • A performance standard system for both onshore and offshore large industrial facilities and large-scale electricity generation that emit over a defined threshold. Existing large industrial facilities and large-scale electricity generation will be required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 6 per cent in 2019, 8 per cent in 2020, 10 per cent in 2021, and 12 per cent in 2022.
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What is climate change?

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Follow the link below to find out more about what it is and what's causing it.

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Impacts of climate change

Climate change is affecting Newfoundland and Labrador. Follow the links below to learn more about how it's affecting us and our province.

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