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April 26, 2022
Pembina Institute recommends provincial policies that will prepare the province for the energy transition
TORONTO — Ontario is heading into an election at a critical juncture for climate action. In advance of the writ drop, national charity the Pembina Institute offers a comprehensive set of policy options for the political parties to consider and voters to watch for on party platforms: Climate policy leadership in Ontario.
The climate crisis is moving the world towards an energy transition that will affect all parts of Ontarians’ lives—from how we move, to how we heat our homes, to how we grow our food.
The federal government’s recent Emissions Reduction Plan sets a course 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. But much of that ERP will depend on the provinces. Therefore, Pembina Institute recommends that all political parties and candidates for election set out an immediate, sustained and coordinated decarbonization strategy. This strategy should involve ministries responsible for transportation, housing, economic development, energy, natural resources, and environment as well as labour, training, and skills development, as well as other orders of government.
“Decarbonizing the transportation and housing sectors is vital to solving the climate crisis. Ontario is poised to be the leader in electric vehicle creation and adoption. However, transitioning to electric at scale will require that provinces secure supply chains, as well as invest in public education and retraining of trades. Provincial governments need to chart a course for a successful transition.”
— Carolyn Kim, Senior Director, Communities and Decarbonization, Pembina Institute
“Ontario currently has one of the cleanest grids in Canada, but we are on track to be the second largest user of gas-fired electricity generation in the country. As we electrify transportation and buildings, we need to ensure that we can achieve a net-zero grid by 2035 without compromising on the reliability and affordability of electricity.”
— Saeed Kaddoura, Manager, Electricity, Pembina Institute
As the Ontario election unfolds, senior analysts with the Pembina Institute are available for comment in their areas of expertise. To book an interview, contact Kendall Anderson, Senior Communications Lead, Pembina Institute.
Pembina Institute’s top recommendations to political parties
Create a climate plan with accountability
Decrease carbon pollution from transportation
Decrease carbon pollution from buildings
Commit to fully decarbonizing Ontario’s electricity grid by 2035
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