Carbon Tax Where Do We Go From Here?
- by Don Stewart
The provincial government has made it clear it is not utilizing the revenues generated from a carbon tax for efficiency programming.
This decision is counter to the government’s original direction, as laid out in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. This reversal has the government using the carbon tax to underwrite other financial commitments opposed to funding a carbon reduction strategy.
MTA staff worked in partnership with the government to develop a meaningful emissions reduction plan. A plan that would allow Manitoba to better understand the importance of fuel efficiency to our industry. This information was shared with the government in the form of our GrEEEner Trucking Fuel Efficiency Initiative, with the goal of industry approved short, medium and longer-term tools for reducing trucking GHG's.
It has always been the intention of the MTA to have the GrEEEner program self-funded by the trucking industry. Manitoba’s decision on the carbon tax has been made, however a meaningful fuel efficiency plan for trucking has not.
So where do we go from here?
The MTA has organised a Carbon Strategy Committee, which has been diligently working towards an industry approved carbon reduction strategy that will encourage and incentivise, meaningful efficiency activity which is good environmentally and economically.
The committee recently met with both the Minister of Sustainable Development and the Minister of Finance. At that meeting all agreed, that some interim measures for the trucking industry made sense and a commitment was made to meet with the MTA, to discuss what this might look like. MTA staff are currently working on scheduling this discussion.
Members with specific questions or comments are encouraged to contact MTA staff for details.