Canada aims for 30% emissions cut by 2030

Canada has launched a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. That’s below 2005 levels when it was 737 million metatones. Canada has now formally submitted […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Canada has launched a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

That’s below 2005 levels when it was 737 million metatones.

Canada has now formally submitted its target to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

To get the goal, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced new regulations in the oil and gas sector which includes actions to reduce GHG methane from the production of chemicals and nitrogen fertilizers and the use of natural gas-fired electricity.

Ms Aglukkaq added: “Our government’s record is clear: we have reduced emissions while growing the economy and creating good, well-paying jobs for Canadians. Canada’s ambitious new target and planned regulatory actions underscore our continued commitment to cut emissions at home and work with our international partners to establish an international agreement in Paris that includes meaningful and transparent commitments from all major emitters.

We will work cooperatively with the provinces and territories on these goals while respecting their jurisdiction.”

Canada will also take co-operative action with the United States in integrated sectors of the economy, including energy and transportation.