Saskatchewan Releases White Paper Outlining Climate Change Priorities

The Government of Saskatchewan has released a white paper outlining its plan for climate change action. Premier Brad Wall announced the plan in a speech at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce on October 18, 2016. The white paper calls for a fair and balanced approach to responsible action on climate change issues and is available here in full.

The white paper includes Saskatchewan’s 13 key climate change policy priorities:

  1. Re-focus the climate change conversation in Canada to prioritize (a) the distribution of clean technology that addresses climate change impacts and (b) the development of clean technology locally and nationally that can be applied globally.

  2. Work with other governments to develop mechanisms that help secure capital for the development and commercialization of clean technology.

  3. Call on the federal government to abandon plans for a national carbon tax.

  4. Call on the federal government to reject a national cap and trade system as a policy option and support maximum flexibility for provinces meeting federal climate change targets.

  5. Call on the federal government for significant support in exporting carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology to countries where it can make an impact on climate change and developing related Internationally Traded Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) under the Paris Agreement.

  6. Call on the federal government to support Saskatchewan and SaskPower’s efforts to expand the use of renewable power sources and infrastructure.

  7. Call on the federal government to lead a program aimed at developing a small nuclear reactor that could be deployable in Canada and around the world.

  8. Call on the federal government to introduce a nuclear regulatory regime that recognizes the potential for change in reactor technology and the contribution that such change may make to clean power generation.

  9. Call on the federal government to consult with the provinces and industry to minimize adverse impacts of any new methane regulations.

  10. Press the federal government for assurances that methane regulations in Canada are introduced at the same time and at the same level of intensity as actions taken in the United States.

  11. Consider crop production and agri-food export goals in developing any national framework for emissions mitigation.

  12. Continue work to identify pan-Canadian accounting standards, offset protocols, and verified carbon credits for forest- and agricultural land-based carbon sinks.

  13. Develop measures for adaptation to climate change impacts, especially in sensitive northern regions.

For further information, please contact Lisa DeMarco at

Special thanks to Jonathan McGillivray for his assistance in preparing this bulletin.

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