B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman, shown here in 2018, says new legislation requires the government to set interim reduction targets for carbon emissions. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) British Columbia’s environment minister says the province is trying to be more transparent in reporting its progress in fighting climate change through legislative changes introduced Wednesday. George Heyman said the amendments to the Climate Change Accountability Act mandate more detailed tracking of the ongoing status of carbon reduction efforts and would establish an independent oversight body to monitor progress. B.C. set legislated climate goals last year to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent from 2007 levels by 2030. “This bill contains provision for an interim target to be set between now and 2030 to show whether or not we are on a good path to reach the target that we’ve legislated and said we’re working toward,” Heyman said at a news conference. “When passed this government will in future be accountable in a number of ways through regular reports to the legislature for the actions and progress we take to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage climate change,” he said. Heyman said the amendments would […]

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