REGINA – A carbon tax isn’t in store for Saskatchewan.
A recent report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission has advisable provinces shouldn’t wait for the federal government to return to an agreement on carbon.
The report can also be encouraging the implementation of provincially specific carbon taxes that reflect the unique economic structures, emissions profiles and political contexts of various provinces.
Nonetheless, Saskatchewan isn’t turning to a carbon tax to battle green house gas emissions.
As an alternative, Environment Minister Scott Moe says the province is following a special path.
“In Saskatchewan now we have to do not forget that we’re an export driven province, and have been for quite a lot of years and can proceed to be,” he said. “We’ve chosen the trail of low carbon technologies.”
The provincial government said the success of investing in low carbon technologies will be seen within the Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project near Estevan (pictured above).
Moe stated the project is the only largest reduction in green house gas emissions in Saskatchewan’s history, and that the carbon capture and storage project has “reduced green house gas emissions on the coal fired electrical generation plant, upwards of 90 per cent.”
The Federal government doesn’t favour provincial carbon taxes, and is seeking to implement a broad scope of regulations to regulate emissions sector by sector.