Canadian province Manitoba to cut emissions, set carbon cap

Thu Dec 3, 2015 2:57pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Manitoba pledged on Thursday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and start a carbon cap and trade system, the latest Canadian province to set long-term targets to fight climate change.

Premier Greg Selinger's New Democratic Party government, which faces an election in April, said Manitoba will aim to cut emissions by one-third by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The province, whose economy depends on farming, manufacturing and mining, will seek to be carbon-neutral by 2080, Selinger said.

Manitoba will also cap carbon emissions for certain sectors, and link its cap and trade system with others in North America, the government said. Details will follow public consultations.

Among the province's largest emitters are Koch Industries Inc fertilizer plant, a Husky ethanol plant and Winnipeg garbage dump, according to 2013 Environment Canada data.

Canadian provinces are announcing environment-friendly initiatives as a United Nations conference on climate change continues in Paris.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by David Gregorio)