Legislation to enable the Saskatchewan government’s climate strategy was introduced in the provincial legislature Tuesday. This will allow components of Prairie Resilience, the province’s climate strategy plan, to move forward.
Bill 132, the Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, implements the regulatory framework required to establish performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, a provincial technology fund, performance credits, and offset credits.
“These amendments are an important step in fulfilling our government’s promise to reduce emissions and make Saskatchewan more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” says Environment Minister Dustin Duncan. “We already have an effective plan, and we are proceeding with industrial performance standards and compliance options in 2019 — especially with the federal government’s recognition of Prairie Resilience.”
According to the news release, such amendments will require large emitters to register with the province, provide for administrative efficiencies in governance of the technology fund, and enable associated regulations and standards.