Category Archives: Proposed Federal Law

Federal Budget Largely Silent on Environment, Climate Change and Innovation


On March 21st, 2013 the federal government released its eighth budget. This budget includes investment in Canada’s crumbling infrastructure, but does not launch new measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or support a world-class clean tech sector.  It overhauls the government’s development and trade departments, which could result in changes to Canada’s international climate change adaptation contributions. Lately the government’s ... Read More »

NRTs final report recommends transition to a low carbon economy and reiterates need for a national carbon price


The global market for low carbon goods and services (LCGS) could grow from $339 billion (2010) to between $3.9 and $8.3 trillion per year by 2050, according to a new report released by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT).  Framing the Future: Embracing the Low-Carbon Economy – considers how Canada needs to position itself with ... Read More »

Pursuing a “Global Solution” – Canada’s Response to Climate Change on the International Stage

Article by Jessica Vaianisi, Summer Law Student   Canada’s action on climate change, both domestically and internationally, has been largely criticized. Despite its formal withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol in 2011, Canada has stated that it recognizes that “climate change is a global challenge requiring a global solution.”[1] However, Canada’s presence in recent international conferences has attempted to reiterate their ... Read More »

An Update On Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction in Canada


By Meghan Babin, Zizzo Allan Climate Law Summer Intern According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, Earth may be on the brink of an ecological tipping point, due in large part to the destruction of natural ecosystems, climate change and population growth.[1] Released just weeks shy of the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, ... Read More »

Federal Budget: Environment and Climate get Short Changed.

The Federal Budget,  released on March 29, has a number of problematic environmental and climate related impacts.  The budget streamlines the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, eliminates the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and gives the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) more power to scrutinize “green” charities. It generally provides insignificant “green” funding. The budget aims to ... Read More »

New Federal Coal Regulations Proposed to Reduce GHGs

The Federal Government announced the Proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations today (Friday, August 19, 2011). These new regulations will apply to all new builds and to facilities that have reached the end of their economic-life. The proposed regulations are divided into four parts: Performance standards for CO2 emissions intensity. This part also provides ... Read More »

NRTEE Suggests Made-In-Canada Climate Policy and Carbon Pricing

National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) recently released a report calling on the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) and create a “made-in-Canada” carbon price for the good of both Canadian industry and the global environment. The report entitled Parallel Paths: Canada-US Climate Policy Choices was released January 25, 2011 and is one in the series ... Read More »

Voluntary Carbon Market Still Standing in 2009

Despite 2009 being a stressful year for financial markets, voluntary carbon markets survived and in some cases thrived. Although the number and value of trades decreased from 2008 levels, there was a new emphasis on action in the United States. Many voluntary market participants transacted in anticipation of a future domestic compliance system. Although volumes and values were down, market ... Read More »

Spinning its Wheels at the Summit: Canada Commits $400 Million for Climate Change

Please welcome our summer student Georgia to the Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP blog. Below is Georgia’s first post on Canada’s climate commitments during the G8 and the ensuing G20 developments: On June 23, in advance of the G8 and G20 Summits, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canadian Minister of the Environment, announced that Cabinet had approved funding of $400 million ... Read More »