Carbon pricing coming to Ontario, strategy to be unveiled this year

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Published on: January 13, 2015

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow / 13 January 2015

Glen MurrayThe Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price on carbon emissions after nearly seven years of delays.

The Liberals have promised to make corporations and consumers pay for burning carbon – an effective way to battle global warming – since 2008, but have put off making a decision. However, Environment Minister Glen Murray is now working on a comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions, and he pledges carbon pricing will be part of it.

“We’re looking at how we can transition Ontario to a low-carbon economy through initiatives such as setting a price on carbon … it will be real, efficient, effective and economically positive,” Mr. Murray, who will unveil his strategy this year, told The Globe and Mail. He said his plan will also include cleaner fuel standards and energy conservation measures.