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Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec to link cap and trade systems

Will also be linked to California, under the Western Climate Initiative.

December 8, 2015   by The Canadian Press

PARIS — Manitoba has signed an agreement with Ontario and Quebec, formalizing the intent of all three provinces to link their cap-and-trade systems.

The premiers of the three provinces signed a memorandum of understanding at the climate change conference in Paris on Dec. 7.

Under the Western Climate Initiative, the three provinces’ cap-and-trade systems will be linked with California’s.

Quebec already has an active cap-and-trade market with California, while Ontario is still working out details as it plans to introduce its system in 2017.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced last week when he unveiled the province’s climate change plan that it would join Ontario and Quebec by introducing a cap-and-trade program for 20 large emitters.

Speaking in Paris, Selinger said he believes more states and subnational governments can be convinced to join them in linking cap-and-trade systems, which put a price on carbon emissions in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

“I think this agreement allows us to have more tools to make a difference when it comes to climate change,” Selinger said. “We can learn from each other’s experience.”

© 2015 The Canadian Press


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