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Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy Focuses on Readiness and Resilience

Today, Environment Minister Dustin Duncan introduced the provincial government’s climate change strategy. The strategy, titled Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, focuses on the principles of readiness and resilience, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change – without a carbon tax.

“This plan is broader and bolder than a single policy such as a carbon tax and will achieve better and more meaningful outcomes over the long term,” Duncan said. “Our climate change strategy recognizes the investment and innovation that has taken place and sets out the road map for future actions. This is about protecting our people and communities as much as it is about working with industry and others to reduce emissions here in Saskatchewan.”

The strategy proposes actions in key areas, including: natural systems; physical infrastructure; economic sustainability; community preparedness; and measuring, monitoring and reporting.

The climate change strategy includes developing and implementing sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities, such as those in oil and gas, and mining. These standards will be developed in consultation with industry throughout 2018 and will recognize actions already taken by industry to reduce emissions.

Flexible compliance options for industry will be developed that will include:
Making improvements at facilities to reduce emissions intensity;
Purchasing a carbon offset, representing a reduction in GHG emissions;
Using best performance credits;
Utilizing a market mechanism outlined in the Paris Accord, such as an internationally transferred mitigation outcome; and
Paying into a technology fund.

The offset system will create additional value for actions that result in carbon sequestration or reduced emissions, especially from agricultural soils, wetlands and forests. While agricultural producers will not be covered under any standard, they will benefit from being eligible to participate in the new offset program.

The strategy also reaffirms SaskPower’s commitment to achieve a 50 per cent electricity capacity from renewable resources and reduce overall GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. Provincial regulations will be introduced for electrical generation that will help facilitate an equivalency agreement with the federal government covering coal-fired generation in the province.

“Saskatchewan is blessed with natural resources that provide food, fuel and fertilizer to the world and innovative producers that supply these resources in the most environmentally responsible ways possible,” Duncan said. “This strategy will allow our industries to grow and continue providing these goods while staying competitive on the world stage. It will ensure Saskatchewan remains an attractive place to do business and reaffirms our commitment to reducing emissions and addressing climate change.”

The strategy also includes increasing efficiencies in buildings by adopting the 2015 National Building Code; creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reduce fuel and increase efficiency; and developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Stakeholder consultations will begin in early 2018. This will refine the strategy and allow the province to implement regulations, resilience measures and reporting structures in 2018.

Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/business/environmental-protection-and-sustainability/climate-change-policy.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

Province expands list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling

The provincial government has announced an expanded list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling. The updated list will take effect May 1, 2018. New items include countertop microwave ovens, desktop and portable scanners, floor-standing printers, external storage drives and modems, game consoles (including hand-held and accessories), e-book readers and portable and vehicle (after-market) GPS systems.

Source: Province expands list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling

Saskatchewan farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

REGINA, Oct. 20, 2017 /CNW/ – Saskatchewan farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 23 through 27, 2017. In partnership with the Canadian …

Source: Saskatchewan farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

New Saskatchewan Co-Operative Wildlife Management Survey App Now Available

The Ministry of Environment has launched a new mobile application called the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wildlife Management Survey (SK CWMS) for Saskatchewan’s people to record wildlife observations.  Species include moose, elk, deer and select upland game birds, which helps the ministry manage wildlife decisions.

“The SK CWMS app, which is compatible with Apple and Android smart phones, will make recording wildlife information much easier,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “This modern platform not only simplifies the recording of wildlife sightings, but also increases the accuracy and timeliness of information provided to the ministry.”

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Wildlife Management Survey began in the 1980s as a way to better understand herd structure for deer.  Today, the survey is used as a tool to gather population information for moose, elk, deer and select upland game birds across the province.  This long-standing, volunteer-based survey provides valuable information to guide the management of game species.

“Wildlife sightings provide important information indicating population growth and survival for big game and upland game birds, to help wildlife managers with their planning,” Duncan said.

New Saskatchewan Co-Operative Wildlife Management Survey App Now Available Government  Saskatchewan Environment

Although observers are encouraged to record observations for all species throughout the year, each game species has the following key observation periods when it is particularly important to record your observations:

  • White-tailed deer and mule deer: September 1 to November 30
  • Moose: September 1 to December 31
  • Elk: September 1 to February 28
  • Sharp-tailed grouse: March 1 to July 15
  • Wild Turkey: December 1 to March 1

Everyone from across the province is invited to join the community of volunteer wildlife observers by downloading the app (SK CWMS) on GooglePlay or the Apple store.  Once the app is downloaded, call 1-800-567-4224, for your participant number and activation code.

The traditional paper booklet will remain available for those who prefer this method of recording information.  To receive a traditional survey booklet, please call 1-800-567-4224.

For further information, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/parks-recreation-heritage-and-arts/hunting-trapping-and-angling/wildlife-population-surveys.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

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