Energy roadmap could pave way to low-carbon B.C.

Re: Tegart: Reactions to the NDP budget

The B.C. budget earmarks $4 million over three years for the development of an “energy roadmap” for B.C.’s low-carbon future. Photo: Stephen Hui, Pembina Institute

The commitments in the provincial government's 2018 budget represent significant stepping stones on the path to clean growth in B.C.

A key item is the $4 million allocated over three years for the development of an "energy roadmap" for B.C.'s low-carbon future. The goals of this roadmap are spurring innovation, expanding energy-efficiency programs, generating new energy in a sustainable manner, and creating jobs across the province.

Another important piece is the $308 million in funding over three years for preserving existing social housing. This work will include upgrades for safety and energy-efficiency.

Significantly, the government has also proposed a clean growth incentive program to help large industrial emitters maintain their competitiveness while reducing carbon pollution.

We'll be looking for the province to deliver a forward-thinking climate strategy and make further investments in climate action later this year.

Karen Tam Wu
Acting B.C. director, Pembina Institute

The Merritt Herald published this letter to the editor on March 5, 2018.

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