Ottawa set to reveal new coal-plant regulations
Tougher emissions regulations for new coal-fired electricity plants in Canada are on the way.
Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Friday that new rules will be published next week and will be open to a 60-day consultation period.
"Our strategy to lower our emissions is based on making improvements sector-by-sector to sustain our economy and protect our environment," Kent said in a statement Friday.
The new coal standards will be based on achieving the same level of greenhouse gas emissions as a high-efficiency natural gas plant. Natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide — the main greenhouse gas — as coal.
The new regulations would only apply to projects completed after July 1, 2015, not to existing plants, many of which are nearing the end of their useful lives.