Kayla Goodfield, CTV News Toronto
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 23:33 EST
By 2030, Ontario expects to reduce its emissions by 30 percent below levels achieved in 2005, according to the new climate plan in the province, which was acquired by CTV News Toronto.
Environment Minister Rod Phillips has announced plan details at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Nobleton, Ont.
Progressive Conservative Government in Ontario claims that it believes that this plan, which includes Ontario, which meets its share of the 2030 targets in Paris, will "help us address our most serious environmental, responsible, effective, measurable and balanced way. "
The new plan will replace the now abolished cap-and-trade system and not set a price for carbon, a federal requirement that the provincial government intends to challenge in court.
Ontario shared about $ 3 billion in cap and trade after the system was introduced in 2015 by the previous liberal government. The next government of the PC canceled the program on 31 October. In a Tuesday economic statement released last week, Tories said the province lost revenue of $ 1.5 billion to cancel the program.
Key points of the new plan and commitments:
Improving understanding of how climate change will affect Ontario Province by conducting a provincial impact assessment to find out where and how climate change is likely to be affected by communities, critical infrastructure, the economy, and the natural environment. The assessment would provide an analysis of the issue to the government, municipalities, businesses, indigenous communities and Ontario residents in order to help create a guide for future decision making.
Modernize building regulations to ensure that homes and buildings are better able to resist extreme weather events, including cost-effective adaptation measures that will significantly reduce the impact of floods in the underground.
Reduction of emissions
Reduce emissions from heavy duty commercial vehicles, such as commercial trucks, redesigning the emissions test program, and enhancing enforcement of emissions standards on the road.
Protecting large lakes by monitoring waste water overflows from municipal waste water systems in the province while working with the municipality to make residents aware of the surplus.
Focus on waste and waste initiatives, including the implementation of a "Day of Action" campaign to clean litters in communities in Ontario.
Increase access to parks and green areas throughout Ontario by 10 percent or about one million visitors to protect the natural environment.