Prince Edward Island’s goal by 2030 is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels.
This is reflected in the Climate Change Action Plan tabled in the Legislature on Friday.
The plan is based on incentives to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, such as the elimination of the provincial residential electricity bill and some heating sources considered less polluting, such as propane.
However, for the time being, there is no question of imposing a carbon tax. Environment Minister Richard Brown believes that the province will be able to achieve its goal without taxing the population.
We work with Ottawa to demonstrate all the good things we do. Since 2005, we have reduced our emissions by one-third. We have already come a long way.
Richard Brown, Minister of the Environment, Prince Edward Island
The government also intends to develop a network of charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the country. There is also talk of large-scale afforestation.
The Prince Edward Island plan has not yet been approved by the federal government. Negotiations on this matter are continuing, according to the minister.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.