Apr 4, 2017
Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act
Under the province’s 2010 Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act [PDF], (the Act) facilities that emit more than 50,000 tonnes of GHGs are regulated with a view to requiring them to reduce annual emissions to provincially established targets. However, limits have not yet been set by regulation, and the Act is yet to be proclaimed in force.
Equivalency Agreement on Coal
In late 2016, the province of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada reached an agreement to finalize a future equivalency agreement for Canada’s existing coal-fired regulation. A finalized equivalency agreement will assist Saskatchewan by providing the province with more flexibility as it seeks to move away from coal-fired energy generation to renewable energy sources. Pursuant to the agreement, Saskatchewan will be allowed to continue using coal for energy generation as long as equivalent emissions reduction outcomes are achieved. The forthcoming equivalency agreement is crucial for Saskatchewan, given the province’s heavy reliance on coal to produce energy and the federal government’s recent announcement that it is seeking to completely eliminate coal power generation by 2030.