Does your organization operate in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba or Saskatchewan? On April 1, the Federal carbon tax will apply to fossil fuels consumed in these four provinces. Unlike other Canadian jurisdictions, these four have not put a price on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with global warming.
Know what you use
Have you budgeted for increased fuel costs? Budgeting will, at the very least, help you stay ahead of increasing costs. If your organization uses more than 200,000 GJ/year of natural gas, (10,000 T of CO2) you may qualify for some exemptions to the Federal tax.
Know if you can get a partial exemption
Large emitters (above 10,000 T CO2e) in specified industries can join the “output-based pricing system” instead of the carbon tax. Greenhouse growers can receive an 80% break on carbon taxes for natural gas and propane used to heat or to provide carbon dioxide for their crop. Farmers and fishers can receive total exemptions for fuel used in their work equipment. Apply for an exemption from your utility provider.
Take action to avoid your costs
It is impossible to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and avoid the carbon tax by April 1. Incentives and rebates will help in the medium term. But, reducing our reliance on energy that contributes to global warming is the challenge of the 21st Century. With the right playbook and the right market design, fuel switching, energy efficiency and carbon tax avoidance are all attainable.
If you’ve got questions about how you can lessen your carbon related costs starting in April 2019 and beyond, give us a call! 1-877-431-0332