The Saskatchewan plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without implementing a carbon tax.
The strategy including establishing performance standards on larger emitters---such as oil and gas, and mining. The companies could comply by making improvements to reduce emission, purchasing carbon offsets or paying into a technology fund. Consultations with industry are slated to begin next year and will recognized actions already taken by industry to reduce emissions.
Farmers will not be covered by these standards, but will be eligible to voluntarily participate in a new carbon offset program.
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) endorses the plan that includes a voluntary system that would recognize agricultural carbon management.
"Canada can lead the world in designing offset and incentive policies that preserve and expand carbon sinks, and this strategy is a good start to having this conversation," said Todd Lewis, APAS president.
APAS believes the provincial strategy can be effective.
"We strongly reject the imposition of a carbon tax on our sector, because it will only raise our costs, without tackling the urgent problem of climate change"
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association says provincial strategy gives agriculture the opportunity to be part of the climate change solution.
"This proactive strategy provides an incentive for industry to sequester carbon and reinvest in technologies and innovations to reduce the carbon footprint," said Shane Jahnke, SSGA president.
The federal government will have to decide if this plan will meet its emission targets, without a carbon tax. It has promised to impose a carbon tax next year on any province that does not implement its own equivalent carbon pricing system.