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COMMENT – Ontario’s plan vs the federal backstop: What companies need to know

Published 18:03 on February 20, 2019  /  Last updated at 01:03 on February 21, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

In the run-up to the Carbon Pricing for Canadian Industry conference – April 25-26 at the Hilton Toronto – Canadian Clean Energy conferences is running a series of articles on key topics for industries complying with provincial and federal carbon regulations.

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South Africa’s parliament approves long-awaited carbon tax bill

Published 17:32 on February 19, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:28 on February 19, 2019  /  Africa, Carbon Taxes, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday approved the country’s long-awaited carbon tax bill, clearing a key hurdle in keeping the measure on track to enter into force this spring.

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US Carbon Pricing Legislative Roundup for week ending Feb. 15, 2019

Published 20:47 on February 15, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:33 on February 15, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative action on carbon pricing and clean energy bills at the US state level taken this week, including Virginia Republicans’ move to block a RGGI linkage, carbon pricing developments in New York, and the defeat of a carbon tax bill in Montana.

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Canadian ‘backstop’ carbon price a matter of national concern, federal government argues

Published 23:27 on February 14, 2019  /  Last updated at 02:03 on February 15, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The Canadian federal government may impose its CO2 pricing scheme on recalcitrant provinces because the country’s GHG emissions are not only a matter of national concern, but Canada is well off track towards meeting its targets under international treaties, Ottawa and its supporters argued in the second and final day of a court hearing on Thursday.

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Saskatchewan, supporters combat federal carbon tax as legal challenge gets underway

Published 23:12 on February 13, 2019  /  Last updated at 02:11 on February 14, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The province of Saskatchewan and its allies argued Wednesday that the Canadian federal government’s carbon tax mandate is unconstitutional and violates the principles of federalism, kicking off the first of two lawsuits this year against Ottawa’s ‘backstop’ CO2 pricing plan.

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French carbon tax rises still “on the table” despite protests -minister

Published 21:30 on February 13, 2019  /  Last updated at 01:43 on February 14, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS  /  No Comments

France may resume raising its domestic carbon tax if it modifies how the revenues are spent, despite the ongoing violent protests that led to last month’s scheduled increase being suspended, the country’s environment minister said this week.

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UPDATE – Ontario proposes to harmonise OBPS with federal carbon pricing system

Published 22:08 on February 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:47 on February 14, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The Ontario environment ministry on Tuesday released draft regulations for its climate plan for large emitters, aligning with the Canadian federal government’s mandate through a rising carbon price and possible credit trading.

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Massachusetts surplus grows as state allocates 610k GWSA credits

Published 22:51 on February 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:21 on February 14, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) allocated an additional batch of carbon permits for the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) market earlier this month, adding length to the newly created programme.

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WITHDRAWN-South Africa’s long-awaited carbon tax may see further delay -PwC

Published 17:37 on February 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 13:55 on February 12, 2019  /  Africa, Carbon Taxes, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

**This story has been withdrawn due to inaccurate information published Feb. 8 by PwC. The consulting firm’s comments were based on an old version of South Africa’s carbon tax bill.**

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Washington state lawmaker floats hybrid carbon pricing approach

Published 22:54 on February 7, 2019  /  Last updated at 10:30 on February 8, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A Washington state representative has submitted a bill that would implement a carbon fee-and-dividend type system featuring trading and offsets, which would add to the numerous other climate policies already under consideration in the Evergreen State this year.

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