Environmental Protection and Climate Change
The Saskatchewan Party government unveiled "Prairie Resilience" our made in Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, a plan to reduce emissions in a meaningful way. These commitments will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 12 million tonnes by 2030.
We will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan in its fight against the federally-imposed carbon tax which unfairly makes life unaffordable for Saskatchewan businesses and families.
We also introduced the Methane Action Plan which is a comprehensive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from venting and flaring activities in the upstream oil and gas industry. The plan will reduce methane emissions by 4.5 million tonnes of CO2e annually by 2025.
The Saskatchewan Party Government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the governments of Ontario and New Brunswick towards the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) for nuclear power. Implementation of the MOU in Saskatchewan has two principle components: the integration of SMRs within Saskatchewan's existing electrical grid, and the policies and programs associated with SMR integration.
We have also announced a plan to form a Nuclear Secretariat within the Ministry of Environment. The initial work of this Secretariat will be to collaborate with SaskPower on the integration of SMRs within the electrical grid, coordinating across executive government to address emerging policy issues, collaborating with officials from other governments. The Secretariat will also be responsible for identifying and securing funding opportunities, and engage with communities, Indigenous groups, industry, and labour and educational institutions.
The Saskatchewan Party government has strengthened efforts to ensure our waterways remain free of aquatic invasive species by announcing a new Aquatic Invasive Species Strategy. This strategy emphasizes the need for collaboration and co-ordination with provincial and federal government agencies, non government organizations and neighboring jurisdictions to prevent the introduction and spread of high-risk aquatic invasive species.
The Saskatchewan Party will continue to invest in measures to protect our environment and ensure the continued resiliency of our province.