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2017 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report

Ontario's Climate Act: From Plan to Progress

On January 30, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released her 2017 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Ontario’s Climate Act: From Plan to Progress, to the Ontario Legislature.

The province’s first year of cap and trade went well. Carbon prices raised $1.9 billion in 2017 to support reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Ontario’s Climate Act: From Plan to Progress notes that of the $1.37 billion in projects funded as of November 2017, almost all meet the requirements of the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act.

While Ontario has a lot to be proud of, there is room to improve. The report notes that the government needs a better plan for spending cap and trade funds and a number of proposed policies may not lower emissions. Some government ministries must take climate change more seriously by considering it in their decision making, spending and regulations.

Read the full report or download individual sections of the report below:

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