The Ontario Government tabled its first annual report in the Climate Change Action Plan in the legislature on December 10, 2008. Ontario is working toward greenhouse gas emission reductions of 6 per cent below 1990 levels by 2014, 15 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.
Highlights from the report include the following:
- Ontario's Climate Change Secretariat was established in February of 2008 to oversee and coordinate government-wide efforts related to climate change;
- Emissions in 2006 were lower than 2004 and 2005 levels, but were still higher than 1990 levels;
- Ontario has been working with other jurisdictions to design a cap and trade system for greenhouse gases. This work includes partnering with various states and provinces through the Western Climate Initiative;
- 2,600 MW of new renewable power supply has been contracted in Ontario since September 1, 2008. Additional funding has been targeted for renewable energy support; and
- Ontario's Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation was established to provide advice to the government on adaptation to climate change impacts already underway.
The full report and other information can be accessed through the following link: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2008/121001.php