Ottawa Plans ‘Variety of Measures’ to Supplement National Carbon Price
Energy efficiency measures for new and existing buildings will be part of the package when the federal government unveils a set of new carbon reduction measures this fall, and streamlined permitting for offshore wind, wave, and tidal projects may also be a part of the mix, according to recent media reports.
“There’s going to be a range of measures, and we’re going to be doing it with the provinces and territories,” Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna told CTV’s Question Period Sunday. “Some people say just have a price on carbon. If you were to do that, the price would be so high it wouldn’t make any sense. So that’s why you have to have a variety of different measures.”
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In Halifax, meanwhile, CBC reports that Natural Resources Canada is working on “a set of comprehensive rules for approving and monitoring offshore energy projects and a single regulatory board to oversee them.” Concerned about a “patchwork of laws and procedures that can cause friction between producers and local communities,” Ottawa is reviewing similar measures in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and the United States before finalizing its own. (h/t to Clean Energy Review for pointing us to the offshore energy story)