FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug 24, 2018
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil revealed that his government would go back on their commitment to have public input on Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade system before it is finalized and sent to the Federal Government for approval on September 1st. Emissions caps for polluters under the program, a long-term emissions target for the province in 2030, and other details, have not yet been revealed to the public.
Stephen Thomas, Ecology Action Centre’s (EAC) Energy Campaign Coordinator, has been in regular contact with government and says yesterday’s announcement came as a surprise. “We are troubled that, just one week before the deadline, the Province is going back on its commitment to speak with Nova Scotians on such an important issue.”
On October 24, then-Environment Minister Iain Rankin committed to sharing details with the public about the Cap and Trade system before it was finalized, including specific details on a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target and the declining caps.
“It’s important that Nova Scotian’s have the opportunity for consultations on this important policy, and that we set ambitious long-term targets to continue to grow the prosperous green economy here in Nova Scotia,” Thomas says, “We’ve been talking about Cap and Trade in Nova Scotia for nearly two years, and we still don’t know what the emissions caps will be for the program. It’s unacceptable.”
The EAC is part of a network of labour organizations, Mi’kmaq groups, students, businesses, energy affordability advocates and environmental organizations working on a new declaration calling for strong climate targets - 50% below 1990 levels by 2030 - and prosperity for workers and communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
“The Green Economy Network’s research shows that this reduction target could create more than 30,000 jobs in the province within the energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transportation sectors.” Thomas says.
The 2030 Declaration will be launched next Thursday as part of a public event at Hope Blooms in Halifax.
For more information, please contact:
Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
902 441 7136
EAC’s work on Cap and Trade: https://ecologyaction.ca/cap-and-trade