The Government of Yukon is seeking public input on the development of a new clean energy legislation. The proposed Clean Energy Act and associated regulations would legislate the government’s greenhouse gas commitments, provide the regulatory tools needed to meet these commitments and ensure long-term climate change accountability through public reporting.
The engagement process is an opportunity for citizens to provide feedback specific to implementing the existing commitments that would be legislated. A discussion document, Creating a Clean Energy Act for the Yukon, outlines the proposed provisions for the Act. The Government of Yukon is seeking feedback on the proposals in this document. The deadline for submitting feedback is Friday, January 7, 2022.
The proposed legislation supports the Government of Yukon’s goals under Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy, and a green economy.
The Clean Energy Act will be the territory’s first energy and climate change legislation and will bring the Yukon in line with the most progressive energy and climate change accountability legislation in North America. The new Act will increase access to renewable energy, help us adapt to climate change and build our green economy. It will also ensure public accountability and transparency as we deliver on our commitments.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker
Commitment L1 in Our Clean Future states that the government will create a Clean Energy Act that “legislates our greenhouse gas reduction targets and our commitments to energy efficiency and demand-side management to hold the Government of Yukon accountable”.
Our Clean Future is the Yukon’s strategy to address the climate emergency. It was developed in partnership with Yukon First Nations governments, transboundary Indigenous groups and Yukon municipalities. The 2020 annual report includes an update on actions led by Our Clean Future partners.