VANCOUVER | UNCEDED xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (MUSQUEAM), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (SQUAMISH) AND səlilwətaɬ (TSLEIL-WAUTUTH) TERRITORIES — The B.C. government last week introduced a carbon-pricing system for large industry such as pulp mills and mines, known as an output-based pricing system.

Statement from Tom Green, Senior Climate Policy Adviser, David Suzuki Foundation:

“It’s essential that industry take action on its emissions. This new system holds industry accountable for its pollution while advancing new opportunities for jobs in the transition to a clean energy economy.

“B.C. is setting the bar for other provinces, which we hope will follow a similar path.

“We appreciate that the government held firm and didn’t bow to industry pressure by making concessions that undermine climate action. This well-designed climate policy offers incentives for positive change while retaining B.C. industry’s ability to remain competitive.

“Given the mounting evidence about the severity of the climate crisis, the system could be even stronger. We believe that as large industry makes real investments to decarbonize production and swap out polluting fossil gas and oil, the benefits of stricter compliance measures will become obvious. We will continue to advocate for more stringent measures, such as exposing more emissions to taxation, when the system is reviewed.”

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