Climate Change

WCS Canada Comments - Environment and Climate Change Canada Natural Climate Solutions Program Design - January 2021
We were invited to participate in a discussion on the potential approaches to implementing Natural Climate Solutions. Here, we provide recommendations, including but not limited to, the conservation of high-carbon ecosystems including peatlands.
WCS Canada Comments - Federal discussion paper on carbon pollution pricing - September 2020
We provide recommendations in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada's discussion paper - Carbon Pollution Pricing: Considerations for Protocol Development in the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. We recommend that the Government of Canada explore policy, legislative and/or financial measures that could complement the offset system and broaden the range of tools available to Natural Climate Solutions that could be applied to incentivize long-term carbon management.
WCS Canada Comments - Yukon's Our Clean Future Strategy - January 2020
Yukon Government's draft strategy ("Our Clean Future") deals with climate change, and energy supplies, while promoting a green economy. We provide support and encouragement for various useful policy intentions such as expanding the suite of geothermal, solar, and wind sources of energy. However, we are concerned that the strategy promotes biomass energy (burning wood) as a low-carbon energy sources, in the same category as wind and solar in terms of its value in replacing fossil fuels. More extensive and intensive burning of wood for space heating will not significantly reduce the Yukon's carbon footprint, but will lock the territory into many decades of high-carbon emissions from this sector. In addition, we are critical of the government's intention not to include emissions from mines in the accounting of the carbon footprint, and to allow mines to work towards lower carbon emissions using intensity measures (carbon emitted per unit mineral production) rather than absolute measures (total carbon emitted from all sources per year). The strategy does not recognize the huge value of intact forests and landscapes for their carbon sequestration and storage properties.
WCS Canada Comments - Yukon Government's Promotion of Biomass Energy - January 2020
We urge the Yukon government to reconsider its previous support and promotion of biomass energy as a suitable replacement for fossil fuels in the response to the climate crisis. We explain why burning wood cannot be considered as either carbon neutral or even "low-carbon" in terms of its emissions. We point out that emissions from burning wood for space heating need to be included in the government's annual accounting of emissions, and not overlooked as carbon neutral. We also point out some of the negative health consequences already experienced in Yukon as a result of wood burning.
WCS Canada Comments - Ontario Environment Plan - January 2019
Our Ontario staff provide comments to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. (link:
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