Since releasing Prairie Resilience in December 2017, government has achieved several milestones in moving from strategy to action:
- Government proclaimed portions of The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act, which enable reporting, verification and compliance powers, and will enable drafting of new regulations and standards to further support Saskatchewan's comprehensive approach to climate change. The proclamation included The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (General and Electricity Producer) Regulations, which took effect January 1, 2018 and are the next step in an equivalency agreement for provincial coal-fired emissions regulation. Read the news release.
- During February and March 2018, provincial officials engaged with industry and others to seek input on the development of specific regulatory approaches. Read the engagement report.
- The Government passed The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (General and Reporting) Regulations which, along with its associated Standard, ensure that facilities emitting over 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually report to the province. Read the Regulations. Read the Standard.
- Government announced output-based performance standards that will regulate Saskatchewan's large industrial facilities to reduce greenhouse gasses by an additional 5.3 million tonnes from 2019 to 2030, achieving 10 per cent reductions by 2030. Read the news release. Read the performance standards.
- Government introduced The Management and Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act for first and second reading in the Legislative Assembly. The Act serves as the legislative framework to enable further actions in the Prairie Resilience strategy. Read the news release. Read Bill 132 – The Management and Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, 2018.
- Government introduced the Methane Action Plan and The Oil and Gas Emissions Management Regulations, which will achieve a 4.5 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annual reduction by 2025 and a total reduction of 38.2 million tonnes CO2e between 2020 and 2030. Read the news release. Read the Regulations.
- In April 2019, the province produced the first annual report on climate resilience, to present the targets, baselines, historical trends and status of 25 measures in Saskatchewan's Climate Resilience Measurement Framework. These measures provide a picture of how the province is strengthening its ability to adapt and thrive in a changing climate. Read the news release. Read the report.
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