Today the Province of British Columbia released the recommendations of its Climate Leadership Team. Earlier this year, government created the volunteer team and asked it to recommend policies that would ensure the province meets its legislated carbon-reduction targets while continuing to grow the economy.
The following statements may be attributed to Ali Grovue, executive director of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association.
This is a recipe for a cleaner, healthier, and more competitive British Columbia. These policies will not only rein in carbon emissions, they will create new jobs and attract new investment, while helping our communities breathe easier.
In particular, a schedule of further increases to the carbon tax will be critical to keeping emissions in check as our economy and population continue to grow.
British Columbia needs to adopt this proposal in full, just as the Government of Alberta last week adopted wholesale the recommendations of its climate advisory team.
If the province translates these suggestions into policy, British Columbia will move back to the “head of the class” on climate leadership. This package will deliver the kind of leadership that citizens have said they’re ready for.
About the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association: The B.C. Sustainable Energy Association is a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate energy waste, promote progressively cleaner and lower-impact energy sources and solutions, and empower citizens to effectively advocate for a prosperous clean economy.