So you think electric vehicles cost more?

Toronto Star / Stephanie Wallcraft / 23 June 2020

Longer-range capabilities and the new federal incentive program, iZEV, are combining to make battery electric vehicles a more appealing and attainable option than ever. But if you’re looking for even more motivation to choose an EV, consider the lower total cost of ownership.

EVs don’t have oil to change or sparkplugs to replace, and that means fewer trips to the shop. According to current estimates, EV owners can expect to spend roughly a third less on maintenance over the life of their vehicles as compared to their internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents.

Add in the fuel savings and the differences can be stark.

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IEA summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 29 June 2020

Key to success will be that governments can sign up to green recovery plans even if – like the US – they are sceptical on the climate crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA. “Even if governments do not take climate change as a key priority, they should still implement our sustainable recovery plan just to create jobs and to give economic growth. Renovating buildings, for instance, is a job machine.”

Birol fears a rerun of the recovery after the financial crisis of 2008, when emissions declined sharply in the recession but quickly returned to levels much higher than before, as governments invested in coal-fired power plants, constructed inefficient buildings, and rolled out road-building schemes.

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Ontario reinstates the environmental protections it suspended

Cottage Life / Andrew Cruickshank / 22 June 2020

The Ontario government is revoking a regulation it passed on April 1 that suspended a wide range of environmental protection laws. Citing COVID-19 as the reason, the regulation allowed the government to bypass part two of the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Established in 1993, the EBR was created to allow Ontario residents to participate in environmental decision-making. Bypassing part two “was a green light for going ahead and making decisions on things without the public knowing and being able to comment,” says Rob Wright, a lawyer for Ecojustice, an environmental group.

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IEA: ‘Green’ recovery would keep emissions below 2019 peak

Carbon Brief / Josh Gabbatiss / 18 June 2020

The world has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Its “sustainable recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ensure 2019 was the “definitive peak” for global emissions.

Launched in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the new report presents a strategy for economic growth that includes mass home renovations, fossil-fuel subsidy reforms, renewables and the expansion of power grids.

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Let it bee, Augusta declares

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 17 June 2020

Augusta Township has proclaimed itself to be a bee-friendly community by agreeing to set aside vacant township properties to be used by beekeepers.

In a report to council, planner Myron Belej said the plan would have the dual benefits of helping the struggling bee population and beekeepers as well as assisting farmers in the pollination of their crops.

“It’s a sweet deal that will create a lot of buzz,” Belej told council this week.

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Lanark County goes electric

InsideOttawaValley.com / Ashley Kulp / 10 June 2020

The county is ramping up its climate action plan and purchasing electric vehicles is part of the priorities. Through the Local Municipal Vehicle Program passed by county council May 27, it encourages the purchase of one electric or hybrid vehicle by Dec. 31, 2022 with a grant available through a federal government subsidy.

“The county will match the federal incentive on that vehicle,” noted chief administrative officer Kurt Greaves.

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