Canada’s road transport sector ‘unlikely to reach 80% emissions target’

The road transportation sector in Canada is “unlikely” to reach its 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target levels by 2050. A new report revealed despite improvements in fuel efficiency and increased […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The road transportation sector in Canada is “unlikely” to reach its 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target levels by 2050.

A new report revealed despite improvements in fuel efficiency and increased use of alternative technology cars, it falls short of its goal.

Transport emissions accounted for almost half of the increase in Canada’s emissions from 1990 to 2013, with road travel accounting for the largest share, the report added.

Emissions were also 40% higher in 2013 than in 1990.

The report states the country would require a reduction of around 117 million tonnes of carbon emissions from 2013 to reach the goal.

It also suggests improving efficiency in vehicles, boosting the use of electric cars (EVs) or using public transport to reduce emissions.

Peter Boag, President of the Canadian Fuels Association said: “The report highlights the need to set realistic GHG reduction targets with clear, practical plans to achieve them and do it without compromising our ability to travel or constraining our economy.

“Efficient and responsible fuel consumption is both a challenge and an opportunity. We must all make smart decisions about where we live and work, how we get around and how much we are prepared to pay for our transportation options.”