Mary Polak, Langleyâ€™s MLA and B.C. environment minister, will represent the province at the United Nations COP 20 climate change conference in Lima, Peru. The Dec. 6-11 conference is a step towards the new climate pact, to be set next year in London.
â€œAs a global climate action leader, B.C. has been actively encouraging all jurisdictions to have strong climate policies in place,â€ said Polak. â€œIn particular, B.C. has worked through international forums such as the Pacific Coast Collaborative and R20 Regions of Climate Action to encourage adoption of carbon pricing. We are proud of our carbon tax policy, and it has been recognized as a model for the rest of the world to follow.â€
In June the Province announced that it had reached its first interim greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of six per cent below 2007 levels by 2012. Polak will tell conference delegates that B.C. remains committed to achieving its aggressive legislated GHG reduction targets of 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent below by 2050.
She said the provinceâ€™s plans to develop a massive liquid natural gas industry will be a part of greenhouse gas reductions, by displacing coal and other fossil fuels.
Polak is scheduled to speak at four events, including: the International Carbon Action Partnershipâ€™s â€œEmissions trading and carbon pricingâ€; the
Climate Registry/Climate Action Reserveâ€™s â€œNorth America sub-national collaboration on climate change mitigationâ€; the Pacific Coast
Collaborative/International Emissions Trading Associationâ€™s â€œThe Pacific Coast Collaborative on the pathway to Parisâ€ panel; and the International Emissions Trading Associationâ€™s â€œClimate leadership and policy innovation: North Americaâ€™s sub-national stories.â€