The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by creating a framework for industries to begin work on underground carbon capture and storage projects, according to Manitoba’s Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources Minister, Jamie Moses.

“This is an important step forward in our work to make Manitoba a leader in the low-carbon economy,” said Moses. “By working with industry to develop carbon capture and storage projects that would reduce emissions, we’re keeping Manitoba competitive while helping to reach our net zero targets.”

The proposed legislation would allow the Manitoba government to implement a robust licensing process for carbon capture and storage projects including comprehensive assessment for each project. In addition to this license, businesses would also require an Environment Act license.

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is a carbon management tool that involves preventing GHG emissions including carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere by utilizing emissions in other processes or sequestering them underground permanently.

Carbon capture and storage projects have been used safely in Canada since 2014, noted the minister. British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have federally approved carbon capture and storage frameworks.

Featured image credit: City of Winnpeg/Government of Manitoba

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