This week in Clean Energy Review, Ontario chooses cap and trade, a British media empire says "ta ta" to its fossil fuel holdings, and a climate Christian soldier heads to Vancouver.
ONTARIO WILL JOIN QUEBEC AND CALIFORNIA IN CAP AND TRADE SYSTEM
1. Citing anonymous government and industry sources, The Globe and Mail confirmed that Ontario’s Environment Minister Glen Murray (above, with Premier Kathleen Wynne) will present a cap and trade carbon pricing system for cabinet approval within the next 10 days. The province will join Quebec and California in the Western Climate Initiative, the paper said, creating a carbon market of 61 million people and covering close to two-thirds of Canada’s population. The system is already understood to have strong widespread support of ministers. As the nation’s most populous province, Ontario’s move has the potential to do more than any other program in Canada to slash carbon pollution.
2. RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR NEW GENERATION: Governments and companies wired up a stunning 103 GW of new renewable energy generation to power grids in 2014—making last year the best ever for new capacity. So said the United Nations Environment Program.
CATCH KATHARINE HAYHOE LIVE IN VANCOUVER: We’re proud to be a sponsoring partner as A Rocha and Regent College host rising star climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, May 7 in Vancouver at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. Come see why Time named her one of its “100 Most Influential People.”
3. MEXICO, UNITED STATES ANNOUNCE JOINT CLIMATE ACTION: The two neighbours unveiled a bilateral climate cooperation deal and announced carbon reduction targets ahead of the March 31 United Nations deadline. As per usual, Ottawa was AWOL.
4. ONE MILLION GREEN JOBS BY 2030: China, the United States, and the European Union can create a million full-time jobs in wind, solar, and hydropower by 2030, just by keeping their carbon reduction promises, the NewCarbon Institute reported.
5. CAN YOU SAY FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDY? According to Saskatchewan Community Wind, Saskatchewan’s much ballyhooed Boundary Dam carbon sequestration project will cost ratepayers a cool CAD$1 billion over its expected 30-year lifetime.
6. CIRS NABS MORE GREEN-BUILDING HONOURS: The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awarded the university’s net-positive energy, net-zero carbon, and très-chic Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (pictured) its 2015 Green Building Award.
7. ONTARIO BUSINESS LEADERS BACK CARBON PRICE: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne should tackle climate change with “a transparent, economy-wide price on carbon.” So said 22 CEOs, veeps, and board chairs who signed a Council for Clean Capitalism appeal.
8. PUBLISHING EMPIRE DUMPS FOSSIL INVESTMENTS: The Guardian Media Group announced it would pull CAD$1.5 billion worth of investments out of underperforming coal, oil, and gas stocks. Company Chair Neil Berkett called it a “hard-nosed business decision.”
9. SOLAR TO THE RESCUE IN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: Large-scale solar made up more than four-fifths of the electricity shortfall after the state's ongoing megadrought cut into the output from its hydropower reservoirs.
10. RESET WARMING TARGET, EXPERT URGES: Countries must reduce the target for average global warming from 2.0 to 1.5 degrees C, said Penn State geographer Petra Tschakert. Anything higher risks submerging small island states and devastating coral reefs, she said.
Photo of Premier Wynne and Minister Murray via the Minister's Facebook page. CIRS photo by Don Erhardt via Flickr. Did you miss last week’s Clean Energy Review? Catch up here.
FRONT BURNER: This week, Sustainable Prosperity hosts The Business of Carbon Pricing in Ontario at the TSX Gallery, Toronto.
April 14: SFU Climate & Energy Research Day, co-hosted by Simon Fraser University and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Burnaby, British Columbia.
April 13-15: The Future of Energy Summit, hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, New York.
April 14-15: REC2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
April 23: The Urban Frontier: Webinar on the Opportunity for Cities in the Global Energy Revolution, hosted by Clean Energy Canada.
April 27-28: CanWEA Western Forum, hosted by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Vancouver, British Columbia.
April 27-28: Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2015, hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.
May 11: Ontario Climate Consortium 2015, hosted by the McMaster University Centre for Climate Change, Hamilton, Ontario.
May 13-15: Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum, in partnership with Clean Energy Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia.
May 14-15: Forum on Hydropower, hosted by the Canadian Hydropower Association, Ottawa, Ontario.
May 20: Clean Energy Investments: Powering BC's 21st Century Economy, co-hosted by Clean Energy BC and the Vancouver Board of Trade.
May 20: 20th Anniversary Dinner and Tribute, hosted by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Toronto.
May 22: Technology Transfer between CCS and Geothermal, Geothermal Business Opportunities, and a Physician’s Perspective on Fossil Fuel Costs, hosted by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Calgary.
May 25-27: Solar Ontario, hosted by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Niagara Falls, Ontario.
June 10-13: International Student Energy Summit, hosted by Student Energy and Institute Teknologi Bandung, Bali, Indonesia.
June 19: Future Cities Conference, hosted by Pathways 2 Sustainability, Calgary, Alberta.
December 7-8: Solar Canada, hosted by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Toronto, Ontario.
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