Manitoba’s new Climate Change and Emissions Reductions Act aims to reduce the province’s GHG emissions by at least 6% below 1990 levels, by 2013. The Act comes into effect on January 1, 2009.
Some of the highlights include:
- Setting up a public Registry where individuals and corporations can voluntarily report their emissions
- The creation of a vehicle standards advisory board to advise the government on cost-effective emission reductions for new private vehicles
- Requiring landfill owners to develop a plan to mitigate their emissions
- Banning the provincial power utility (Manitoba Hydro) from using coal to generate power after December 31, 2009 (the vast majority of Manitoba’s electricity is produced by hydro anyway)
While laudable, most of these measures affect only the government or its entities (i.e. municipalities and Crown corporations). There are no restrictions on businesses or individuals. Still, the government has broad regulatory power under the new Act, and can intervene in the private sector should it so choose.