On May 15, the Government of Canada announced its plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq also said that new regulatory measures will be developed in a responsible sector-by-sector approach to build on successes in GHG reductions to date.
In 2013, Canada’s GHG emissions were 3.1 per cent lower than 2005 levels while the economy grew by 12.9 per cent over the same period. Now that our government has demonstrated that it is possible to reduce GHGs while growing Canada’s economy, we have made this commitment to continue the important work of reducing GHGs while driving the economy forward.
In 2012, Canada was the first major coal user to ban the construction of traditional coal- fired electricity generation. Coal is the largest source of GHG in the world. Canada represents less than two per cent of all global carbon emissions and in comparison, the U.S. coal sector alone produces more GHGs than all of Canada.
Through investments in research and the introduction of stricter emission guidelines, Canada is a leader in clean electrical generation with 79 per cent of Canada’s electricity being produced emission free.
In the transportation sector, our government has invested in public transit in our cities and has set fuel efficiency targets for our auto industry, which has led to better fuel mileage in newer vehicles. Likewise, Canada’s rail and commercial transport truck operators have also improved the fuel efficiency of the locomotives and tractors that they use to reduce emissions.
The May 15 announcement referred to as a Nationally Determined Contribution has also been formally submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Our government is working with stakeholders in various sectors to meet our targets and achieve results without compromising our economy or implementing a job-killing carbon tax.
Environmental stewardship can only be judged on proven results and we are the first government in Canadian history to reduce GHGs and this proves our actions have worked.
– Colin Mayes is the member of Parliament for Okanagan- Shuswap