CANADA NEEDS TO STRENGTHEN ITS CLEAN ELECTRICITY REGULATIONS TO ACHIEVE A NET-ZERO ELECTRICITY GRID BY 2035
The Federal government has introduced a first draft of their Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) that are meant to phase out polluting power generation across the country - this is an essential element of any serious climate strategy. However, some provinces are already pushing to weaken the CER. Now, more than ever, the government must hold its ground and strengthen the regulations in order to achieve net-zero.
During the 2021 federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to introduce a “Clean Electricity Standard that will set Canada on a path to cut more emissions by 2030 and to achieve a 100 per cent net-zero emitting electricity system by 2035.”
To deliver on its commitment to a net-zero grid, Canada must strengthen the draft Clean Electricity Regulations to:
Include interim targets that ratchet down over time to spur the power sector to move toward net-zero before 2035.
Ensure that no gas plants are able to operate after 2035 except for in real emergencies.
Remove loopholes allowing for gas plants with carbon capture (“abated” gas). So far, the use of carbon capture in the power sector has resulted in expensive failures. There are no existing commercial gas plants with carbon capture anywhere in the world. Carbon capture for the power sector is a dead end – and a license to pollute. Canada should reject this pathway.
Make it clear that gas plants will pay the full carbon price for every tonne of CO2 released beginning in 2030.
As the Federal government works on completing the final draft of its Clean Electricity Regulations, let’s demand that it strengthens the rules to prohibit the building of new gas plants and to require provinces achieve a zero emissions electricity grid by 2035.
Send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau now demanding he deliver on his promises and provide strong regulations to move Canada to a clean electricity system!