Management of Greenhouse Gas Act
The Management of Greenhouse Gas Act (the Act) received Royal assent in June 2016. The Act targets large industrial emitters in the Province with new emission reporting requirements. Specifically, facilities that emit 15,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more of greenhouse gases in any year must report their emissions to the provincial government in accordance with the methodology provided for in the Management of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations. The underlying purpose of the reporting requirement is for Newfoundland & Labrador to develop appropriate reduction targets to reduce provincial emissions, in recognition of the fact that large industrial emitters account for approximately 43% of the province’s current emissions. The Act also contemplates the establishment of a fund for clean technology, to be completely funded by industry.
Climate Change Action Plan
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s publication, Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011 [PDF] (the Plan), builds on the Province’s 2005 policy document, Climate Change Action Plan. The Plan calls for reduction targets of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050. The Plan was released in conjunction with a companion policy document, Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011 [PDF], which seeks to strengthen energy efficiency standards in the Province.