Made-in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan

Made-in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan

The provincial government released its A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which is built on the strategic pillars of climate, jobs, water and nature, and includes 16 keystones for priority action that will support Manitoba’s economy and sustain the environment for future generations. “Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada,” said Premier Brian Pallister Pallister.  “We are charting that course with a comprehensive plan based on Manitoba needs and focused on Manitoba priorities.”

The climate and green plan was developed through the direct input of Manitobans, drawing from more than a year of consultations with environmental, business, and expert stakeholders.

“When it comes to addressing the challenges of climate change, we must understand just how unique we are as a province,” said Squires.  “This plan sets out a made-in-Manitoba solution to climate change that respects our clean energy investments, supports our economy and reduces emissions.  It will protect the environment while also building a prosperous low-carbon economy in Manitoba.”

The plan sets out a made-in-Manitoba approach to carbon pricing with a low and level price of  $25 per tonne beginning during 2018.  This is half the amount mandated by the federal government and it will give Manitoba the second-lowest carbon price in Canada by 2022, Squires noted.

You can read that plan here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/climatechange/climategreenplandiscussionpaper.pdf

Below are some actions that they have planned to carry out in connection with PureSphera’s activities:

To enhance diversion of non-organic waste from landfills, the Manitoba government could consider the following actions:

  • Expand the household hazardous material Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program to include ozone-depleting substances and other halocarbon cylinders, single-use pressurized containers, foam insulation and refillable propane tanks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, medical sharps and veterinary products.
  • Establish new EPR programs for appliances with refrigerants (e.g., fridges, air conditioners, water coolers) and small appliances.
  • Implement landfill disposal bans on materials currently managed by product stewardship organizations, starting with electronic waste, batteries, tires, household hazardous waste, beverage containers and cardboard boxes.
  • Introduce measures to increase the diversion of construction, renovation and demolition waste such as wood and shingles.