On May 12, 2015, British Columbia (BC) Premier Christy Clark
introduced a Climate Leadership Team that has been tasked
with developing a Climate Leadership Plan, which will update and
build on the province's current Climate Action Plan. Chaired by Mike Bernier,
Member of the BC Legislative Assembly, the Climate Leadership Team
consists of 23 members who are drawn from a diverse range of
academic, community, business, environmental, and Aboriginal
groups. These groups include Simon Fraser University and the
University of British Columbia, several municipalities, the Council
of Forest Industries, BC LNG Alliance, Clean Energy Canada, the
Pembina Institute and chiefs from three Aboriginal groups, among
The Climate Leadership Team's mandate is to provide advice
and recommendations on:
how to maintain BC's climate
updates to the current 2008 Climate
Action Plan, as well as new programs and policies required to meet
BC's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets while maintaining
strong economic growth and successfully implementing the BC Jobs
Plan, including the liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy;
actions to achieve GHG reductions
required across the industrial sector, transportation sector and
how to further the province's
government-to-government relationships with Aboriginal groups while
constructively finding climate solutions; and
how to further the province's
collaboration with local governments within the context of
mutually-beneficial climate actions.
This mandate will be carried out in accordance with the
July 2015 – a draft framework
for the Climate Leadership Plan will be produced, followed by a
30-day public consultation period on the resulting discussion
October 2015 – recommendations
from the Climate Leadership Team will be presented to
December 2015 – a draft Climate
Leadership Plan will be prepared, followed by a 30-day public
March 2016 – the final Climate
Leadership Plan will be released publicly.
The announcement follows correspondence sent in April 2015 by
federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq to her BC counterpart,
Mary Polak. The letter from Minister Aglukkaq, which requested
information to enable Canada to meet certain international
reporting obligations under the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change, indicates that BC is
not on track to meet its legislated target for reducing GHG
emissions by at least 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 (as required
under the provincial Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
Act). According to the Canada Emissions Trend 2014 report
prepared by Environment Canada, BC's GHG emissions are
projected to increase 11% by 2020 (from 2005 levels).
The announcement of the Climate Leadership Team also comes as BC
looks to reassert its leadership role on the climate change file.
While the province met its 2012 interim GHG reduction target of 6%
below 2007 levels, it has not undertaken any significant new
climate change policy initiatives in recent years. The
establishment of the Climate Leadership Team is an acknowledgement
of the need for greater climate change-related action to enable BC
to meet its emission reduction targets for 2020 and 2050,
particularly in light of a growing economy and the potential
opportunities presented by the LNG sector.
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