Canada Sets New Target to Reduce GHG Emissions

Canada Sets New Target to Reduce GHG Emissions

On Friday, Canada’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq promised in Winnipeg that the nation will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels over the next 15 years.

She also provided details as to how the country will achieve the target. She said that it is quite a serious target for the nation. Aglukkaq said that they will achieve the target through sector-by sector approach.

Through this way, the nation will be able to match the targets of various sectors of other industrialized nations like America. The announcement has a come at a time when the government is getting ready for an international conference on greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Paris in November.

But critics are not happy with the promise. As per them, the target to reduce the emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 is the weakest one among G7 countries. Environmental Defense said, “The European Union, already with per capita emissions well below Canada's, has a 40 per cent reduction target for 2030 -- more than five times greater than Canada's”.

Climate Action Network was of the view that Canada need to make deep cuts to carbon pollution by finding stopping activities like burning coal, oil and gas. Federal NDP environment critic Megan Leslie does not think that Canadian government will be able to meet its new target.

Leslie said that the government does not have any plan to achieve the target. In fact, the government is not even halfway to meet its current targets.

The reduction announcement has come at a time when it is already falling short on previous targets. Aglukkaq shared that Ottawa will develop new emissions regulations for the oil and gas sector. New rules will be set to control emissions from natural-gas electricity.

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