The lack of national government approaches to climate change are giving subnational jurisdictions (provinces, states and municipalities) the opportunity to demonstrate they can do what their federal counterparts can’t: implement policies that fight climate change, but also grow their economies at the same time.
Long terms goals from national governments are critical to fighting climate change, argued Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change during an opening panel at Climate Week in New York.
Three Canadian provinces – British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec – along with the City of Vancouver are among the 22 subnational governments, 73 countries and more than 1,000 companies and investors to signal their support for carbon pricing.
The federal government will soon post final greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations for passenger and light truck vehicles. The announcement comes as Environment minister Leona Aglukkaq attends meetings in New York City as part of the Climate Summit taking place there.
Some generators are worried that the way the Ontario Power Authority has proposed to structure its Large Renewable Program procurement may give different technologies a leg up on others particularly as it relates to community engagement. These concerns were raised during the OPA's recent Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting earlier this month.