A coalition of B.C. power producers, industry associations and environmental groups is calling on Premier Christy Clark to come up with a plan that would transition the province away from fossil fuels.
The letter includes recommendations to increase the carbon tax, policies around improving the efficiencies of buildings and getting more electric vehicles on the road.
Matt Horne with The Pembina Institute’s B.C. says he’s concerned the province may miss its greenhouse gas emission targets by 2020.
“I worry that the delays over the last years have caused us to be in that situation and I want the province to reaccelerate its actions so that we don’t continue to be in that situation.”
Horne also says he’s hopeful climate change will be addressed in tomorrow’s the budget.
“So if it’s going to be progress at a ministerial level to make sure there is resources to implement the Climate Leadership Plan. Hope to see some language around the process the province is going to follow for next steps on the Carbon Tax, I don’t think we will see the actually the next steps in the budget but hopefully there is a step forward in the overall process.”
The forum says it’s in support of strengthening the carbon tax as one of the recommendations made by a team of experts, First Nations and government representatives.
This is the second public consultation phase for the Climate Leadership Plan, and is set to wrap March 25. The province says the final plan which “will include new climate actions to drive down emissions while supporting a growing economy” should be completed by this spring.
Last winter, the province’s climate leadership team reported that B.C. would miss its 2020 emissions targets, and recommended the province refocus on 2030 and 2050 targets.