Ontario unveils details of final climate-change plan

June 13, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has unveiled the province’s Climate Change Action Plan, which commits up to $8.3-billion over five years to driving down greenhouse gas emissions but tones down rhetoric from an earlier draft on phasing out natural gas in the face of backlash from the fossil-fuel industry.

It contains 76 new programs, including financial incentives for homeowners and landlords to retrofit buildings and for drivers to buy electric vehicles. It also mandates a lower-carbon fuel standard for gasoline, promises funding to make factories more energy efficient and creates an agency to finance companies developing environmental technologies.

Green groups praised the plan’s wide scope. “There’s something in this plan for everyone. Whether it’s residents, whether it’s homeowners, whether it’s tenants, whether it’s businesses, whether it’s large industries – there’s something that incents everyone in the province to do further carbon emission reductions,” Patrick DeRochie of Environmental Defence said.

Read Ontario unveils details of final climate-change plan by Adrien Morrow at The Globe and Mail.

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Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Economy, Energy.

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