Welcome to Alberta Canola’s Temperature Check – the first of a four-part summer mini-series on what’s heating up in the policy world of carbon.
Returning as a Policy Analyst, this summer Aymie Haslam is diving deep into the murky waters of the multitude of climate change and carbon initiatives and policies. This is what she has to say:
“Carbon pricing is here to stay.”
On March 25th, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) determined that “pricing carbon pollution” is constitutional and that “Parliament has jurisdiction to enact this law as a matter of national concern under the peace, order, and good government (“POGG”) clause of [section] 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867”. Carbon pricing is essential to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change , which is the federal government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sorry to disappoint, but a change of government won’t change a price on carbon. Click here for the Conservative climate plan announcement.
“There’s opportunity to build on the Made in Alberta Climate Plan.”
TIER (Technology Innovation Emissions Reduction) is Alberta’s industrial GHG pricing regulation and emissions trading system, which applies to about 60% of Alberta’s emissions. In the aftermath of the SCC decision, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) engaged stakeholders to develop the rest of Alberta’s climate plan. Alberta Canola and Team Alberta are at the table to ensure farmers interests are represented. My first big project was to lead the Alberta Canola submission and coordinate the Team Alberta stakeholder submission.
“Canada is getting a federal offset credit system, with an agricultural component.”
Environment and Climate Change Canada is creating a federal system of tradeable offset credits under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to provide economic development opportunities. It will include a “protocol for sustainable agricultural land management activities that reduce GHG emissions and enhance soil carbon sequestration on agricultural lands.” Our national organizations did the heavy lifting to respond to the proposed federal offset: https://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2021/2021-03-06/html/reg1-eng.html. I played a key role in reviewing the material and writing the Team Alberta letter that emphasized key points from both the Canadian Canola Growers Association and Biological Carbon Canada submissions.
“The Agriculture Climate Solutions program is committing $185 million to farmer led research.”
Led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Agriculture Climate Solutions (ACS) program intends to develop a Canada-wide network of farmer led research hubs. These hubs, known as “Living Labs”, will facilitate regional collaborations. The ACS will support “proposals that include the advancement of carbon sequestration as an important part of their project activities.” . Provincial agricultural organizations from crop and livestock marketing boards and commissions, applied research and forage associations, academia, indigenous communities, are in the beginning stages of collaborating on a submission. This research hub will focus on the on-farm co-development, testing, adoption, and monitoring of new Beneficial Management Practices and technologies.
I hope you enjoy my first of four Temperature Check updates on carbon. Keep an eye out for more updates throughout the summer. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out to me at [email protected].
 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Pillars of the Framework https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/pan-canadian-framework/introduction.html#1_2
 2021 SCC 11 https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/cb/2021/38663-38781-39116-eng.aspx