Statement of Environmental Values : Ministry of Energy
The Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) was proclaimed in February 1994. The founding principles of the EBR are stated in its Preamble:
While the government has the primary responsibility for achieving this goal, Ontarians should have the means to ensure that it is achieved in an effective, timely, open and fair manner.
These purposes include the following:
To assist in fulfilling these purposes, the Act provides:
The EBR requires a Statement of Environmental Values from all designated ministries. The designated ministries are listed at:
Statements of Environmental Values (SEV) are a means for designated government ministries to record their commitment to the environment and be accountable for ensuring consideration of the environment in their decisions. A SEV explains:
It is each Minister's responsibility to take every reasonable step to ensure that the SEV is considered whenever decisions that might significantly affect the environment are made in the Ministry.
The Ministry will examine the SEV on a periodic basis to ensure the Statements are current.
2. MINISTRY VISION, MANDATE AND BUSINESS
The Ministry of Energy is guided by a vision to achieve a reliable, safe, cost-efficient, and clean energy system.
The Ministry of Energy provides advice and establishes policies concerning the operation, cost, reliability and sustainability of Ontario’s energy system.
More details on the Ministry of Energy can be found on the Ministry website at: http://www.energy.gov.on.ca.
3. APPLICATION OF THE SEV
The Ministry of Energy is committed to applying the purposes of the EBR when decisions that might significantly affect the environment are made in the Ministry. As it develops Acts, regulations and policies, the Ministry will apply the following principles:
4. INTEGRATION WITH OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
The Ministry of Energy will take into account social, economic and other considerations; these will be integrated with the purposes of the EBR when decisions that might significantly affect the environment need to be made.
The Ministry of Energy will encourage energy conservation in those sectors where it provides policy direction or programs.
5. MONITORING USE OF THE SEV
The Ministry of Energy will document how the SEV was considered each time a decision is posted on the Environmental Registry. The Ministry will ensure that staff involved in decisions that might significantly affect the environment is aware of the Ministry’s EBR obligations.
The Ministry of Energy believes that public consultation is vital to sound environmental decision-making. The Ministry will provide opportunities for an open and consultative process when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment.
7. CONSIDERATION OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
The Ministry of Energy recognizes the value that Aboriginal peoples place on the environment. When making decisions that might significantly affect the environment, the Ministry will provide opportunities for involvement of Aboriginal peoples whose interests may be affected by such decisions so that Aboriginal interests can be appropriately considered. This commitment is not intended to alter or detract from any constitutional obligation the province may have to consult with Aboriginal peoples.
The Ministry of Energy also recognizes the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples where the Crown contemplates conduct that might adversely affect Aboriginal or treaty rights.
In addition to respecting the Crown’s duty to consult obligations, the Ministry of Energy values Aboriginal perspectives and the significant contributions that they add to the Ministry’s commitment to a healthy environment and meets with Aboriginal peoples to discuss initiatives on an ongoing basis.
8. GREENING INTERNAL OPERATIONS
The Ministry of Energy believes in the wise use and conservation of natural resources. The Ministry will support Government of Ontario initiatives to conserve energy and water, and to wisely use our air, water, and land resources in order to generate sustainable environmental, health and economic benefits for present and future generations.
The Ministry will encourage energy conservation and resource conservation in its own operations through employee behaviour, by, for example, directing that office lights are turned off when possible and office equipment is turned off when not in use and explicitly considering environmental performance of the various options when equipment leases or purchase decisions are made. The Ministry also educates and encourages staff on the 3Rs – reduction, reuse and recycling – to divert materials from disposal.