B.C.’s innovative carbon tax recognized with international award


Province of BC

Wed, 11/16/2016

British Columbia has again been honoured as an international climate leader for its revenue-neutral carbon tax.

The United Nations today recognized B.C. at an international climate summit underway in Morocco. British Columbia received one of 13 ‘Momentum for Change’ awards handed out at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) Low-Emissions Solutions Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Jordan Sturdy, B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment, accepted B.C.’s award at the conference on behalf of Premier Christy Clark.

Climate leaders from around the world gathered at the awards ceremony to celebrate innovations in climate action through transformational change, and the promotion of clean technology, sustainable economic activity and green jobs.

B.C.’s revenue-neutral carbon tax was among other award winners, including Google’s Project Sunroof, WeShareSolar’s crowdfunding platform for community solar projects, and Morocco’s own Dar Si Hmad, which developed a unique system to harvest fog for drinking water.

The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change to showcase some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people and jurisdictions are doing to address climate change.

Read the full press release