Premier Houston introduces made-in-Nova Scotia carbon price for large emitters

By Jennifer Henderson
The Halifax Examiner
October 18, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Tim Halman

NOVA SCOTIA — On Tuesday, the Houston government introduced amendments to the Environment Act in response to a federal government decision to begin raising the price of carbon to slow the pace of climate change. Across Canada, the price of a tonne of carbon will rise from $50 to $65 in January and increase by $15 a year until 2030. The changes will require the largest producers of GHG emissions — namely Nova Scotia Power and cement manufacturer Lafarge Canada — to meet new performance standards to be set by the province and take effect Jan. 1, 2023. Failure to reduce emissions to that standard will trigger “paying a price” on the tonnes of carbon dioxide produced. …The plan is modelled on ones used in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Nova Scotia Power accounts for about 40% of all carbon emissions in the province; and pulp mills and other large manufacturers bring that total to 55%.

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