Energy and Environment Measures
Under the “Paris Accord”, Canada committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% of 2005 levels, by 2030. In their election platforms, the Conservatives promise to meet that goal, the Liberals promise to reach reductions of 40 to 45%, and the NDP promise to achieve a 50% reduction.
The Liberals say they will increase the current carbon tax of $40 a tonne up to $170 a tonne by 2030. The Conservatives will leave the carbon tax at $40 per tonne, and explore new technologies and approaches. The NDP would rely less on carbon tax increases and instead use a combination of regulations and incentives.
With current technology, the main way to reduce carbon emissions from building heating is to use electricity to power heat pumps. The problem is that with current retrofit and heat pump technology, the costs of retrofits are so high that achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions is cost prohibitive. To achieve the desired result, while avoiding a major impact on housing costs, and thus on housing affordability, we need better, cheaper retrofit and heat capture technology, and cheaper electricity. Or alternately, incentives to help pay for deep building retrofits.
For more details and information on energy promises, go to https://cfaa-fcapi.org/election-platform-comparison-energy/.