REGINA, SK, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, and Saskatchewan's Minister of Environment, the
Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, announced today that they are working
towards an equivalency agreement on coal-fired electricity greenhouse
Both governments wish to avoid duplication of effort to control
greenhouse gas emissions, and are working together to ensure that
industry does not face two sets of regulations. An equivalency
agreement would see the federal regulations stand down in favour of a
provincial regulation, as long as the provincial regulation achieves an
equivalent or better environmental outcome.
"The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are steadfast in our
commitment to address climate change," said Minister Kent. "We remain
focused on our mutual goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from
coal-fired electricity, but want to ensure that Saskatchewan has the
flexibility to choose an approach that best suits its circumstances."
"Saskatchewan looks forward to working with the federal government to
negotiate an equivalency agreement that reflects our unique
circumstances, and advances the technology and innovation required to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Minister Cheveldayoff. "This
agreement will provide the flexibility needed to implement clean coal
and carbon capture and storage technology at Boundary Dam 3 and other
coal-fired plants in Saskatchewan."
Saskatchewan is the second province to work with the Government of
Canada on an equivalency agreement for coal-fired electricity
regulations, with the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia having made
a similar announcement earlier this spring.
In August 2011, the federal government proposed new regulations for the
electricity sector that will apply a stringent performance standard to
new coal-fired electricity generation units and those coal-fired units
that have reached the end of their economic life. Final regulations are
expected to be published later this summer.
Tackling emissions from coal-fired electricity generation, which
represents 11% of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions, will go a
long way towards meeting Canada's target of a 17% reduction in total
greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels, by 2020.
SOURCE Environment Canada
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