Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan has unveiled the province’s climate change plan.
It’s called “Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.”
Duncan boasts the plan is “broader and bolder than a single policy such as a carbon tax”, adding it will “achieve better and more meaningful outcomes over the long term.”
The plan focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Some of them include consultations in 2018 with oil and gas and mining industries on creating and developing sector-specific performance standards at large emitting facilities.
However the plan does not include a carbon tax — something the provincial government is not in favour of.
The closest thing the Wall government has to a carbon tax is a proposed technology fund.
If large industrial sectors such as manufacturing and mining are unable to meet their performance standards, they could make up the difference by paying into the tech fund.
That money would then be used by the government to invest in technologies and strategies to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.
Also included is the development of a climate resiliency model for communities, to ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.
The climate change strategy is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/business/environmental-protection-and-sustainability/climate-change-policy.