A national strategy on zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) will be in place by 2018, the federal government announced on May 26. The Liberals have created an Advisory Group to contribute to developing options for addressing the key barriers for greater deployment of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars.
In introducing proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, the federal government said they will result in cleaner natural gas used to heat homes and more environmentally friendly gasoline.
On May 18, the federal government unveiled a part of a its carbon pricing plan. A levy on fossil fuels, the much talked about tax portion of the strategy, will go into effect as planned on January 1, 2018. The more complicated part, a cap and trade approach for large emitters, won’t come into force before 2019 because the government still has some things to work out.
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicates there are more than 9.8 million people (nearly 10 million) employed in the renewable energy industry in 2016. And some sectors within the renewables industry are seeing big job growth.
London, Niagara, York Region and Thunder Bay are among the communities to receive federal funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for projects ranging from water treatment, stormwater management and wastewater operations. The announcements were made on May 24.