While the media narrative about climate change tends to focus on the idea that we are all responsible for the climate crisis though thousands of individual action, the truth is that large industrial operations are much bigger polluters. Looking for the big polluters is easy. Go to the Environment Canada website for “Large Final Emitters (LFEs)” and you will find them mapped and described. Most recent figures are from 2015. Over 37% of Canada’s GHG come from 563 individual operations. They are overwhelmingly power plants, refineries, and cement plants.
Large Final Emitters (LFEs) will be subject to the Carbon Fee and Dividend and cap and trade policies described above. All industrial buildings will be eligible for incentives to become more energy efficient, as above, and structurally safe. Use of the greenhouse gas halocarbons CFCs, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6 will be phased out between 2016 and 2025. There will be federal support for R&D to develop new climate-friendly, non-toxic alternatives. A Nitrous Oxide Task Force will be established to recommend ways to reduce Canada’s N2O emissions by 85% by 2025.
All federal grants and loans to industry will be subject to carbon conditionality clauses designed to steer all industry and manufacturing towards 100% sustainable processes and practices. Megastore retail outlets which depend on customer use of cars will be encouraged to adopt parking charges, combined with transit access and the home delivery of purchases by means of conditionality clauses signed with municipalities seeking federal funds.
Legislation will be introduced that requires all manufactured goods, including vehicles, to be designed for easy dismantling, re-use and/or recycling, and to contain 90% recycled materials by 2030, as in Germany.
Legislation will be introduced that requires all appliance and equipment retail outlets to receive broken and worn-out goods they have sold for recycling or repair. Industry will be helped to establish a national deposit system, recycling systems, and third party management to help them fulfill the obligation (like Germany’s Recycling Law).