Yukoners are invited to provide feedback on a new draft strategy – Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.
This fall, the Government of Yukon declared a climate change emergency. The strategy outlines how the territory proposes to take action to address the impacts of climate change while building a green economy and ensuring Yukoners have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy. The draft strategy was developed in collaboration with Yukon First Nations, transboundary Indigenous groups and Yukon municipalities.
Yukoners are invited to provide their input on Our Clean Future by attending community meetings happening throughout the territory or by completing an online survey at EngageYukon.ca until January 17, 2020.
Yukoners are calling for action to address climate change and our government is listening. It is important that we take part in the global shift to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build a greener economy and fuel our lives with clean and reliable energy. I encourage all Yukoners to share their thoughts on the draft strategy and help shape Yukon’s next 10 years.
Minister of Environment Pauline Frost
Our Clean Future outlines how we propose to create new economic opportunities and meet growing energy needs while addressing climate change and building a clean, resilient future for all Yukoners. I would like to thank everyone that has provided input so far and I encourage all Yukoners to provide their feedback on this draft strategy.
Minister of Economic Development and Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai
Our Clean Future outlines 26 objectives and 142 actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet increasing energy demands, help us adapt to the impacts of climate change and build a green economy in Yukon.
The draft strategy sets a target to reduce Yukon’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. Yukon’s greenhouse gas emissions per person are currently the sixth highest in Canada, at about 18 tonnes per person. 75 per cent of Yukon’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from road transportation and heating.
Close to 93 per cent of Yukon’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Our Clean Future will see this continue, even as our population and electricity demands grow.
Only 26 per cent of our current heat energy is from renewable sources. The draft strategy sets a target to meet 40 per cent of our heating needs with renewable energy sources by 2030.
Our Clean Future will replace both the 2009 Climate Change Action Plan and the 2009 Energy Strategy for Yukon.