Today, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker tabled Bill No. 17, the Clean Energy Act (2022) in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.
The Clean Energy Act would legislate the Yukon’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensure long-term climate change accountability through public reporting.
This proposed legislation would also enable the Government of Yukon to deliver on several key climate actions found in Our Clean Future: a Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.
The proposed Clean Energy Act would make the Yukon a jurisdiction with one of the most progressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction legislation in North America. The Clean Energy Act would support the government in reaching the goals in Our Clean Future, help the territory move towards a more sustainable future and lay the foundation for a net-zero economy by 2050. I look forward to seeing this legislation move forward and benefit future generations of Yukoners.
Minister of Department of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker
Under the proposed legislation, the Government of Yukon is responsible for reporting on current and future actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and on results achieved relative to emissions reduction targets.
A public engagement on the proposed framework for the Clean Energy Act occurred from October 2021 to January 2022.
Under Our Clean Future, climate action L1 states that the Government of Yukon will “create a Clean Energy Act by 2023 that legislates our greenhouse gas reduction targets and our commitments to energy efficiency and demand-side management to hold the Government of Yukon accountable.”