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New report : Tracking pan-Canadian climate progress

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On the eve of the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers meeting, leading environmental organizations release a Canada-wide report on climate progress.

The Pembina Institute, along with Équiterre, Environmental Defence and Climate Action Network will speak at a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday on the release of Race to the Front: Tracking pan-Canadian climate progress and where we go from here. See the press release.

This report evaluates trends in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory as they stand today and will summarize the state of climate policy in each of Canada’s provinces and territories, highlighting areas of excellence and areas that require improvement in order to position Canada as a global leader in clean economic growth. These recommendations merit consideration by Canada’s environment ministers when they meet in Montreal, Quebec next Monday, October 3rd.

Quick facts

  • Canada’s emissions have declined by 2 per cent below 2005 levels, but have increased by 20 per cent above 1990 levels.
  • From 2005 to 2014, emissions rose by 18 per cent within Alberta, 8 per cent in Saskatchewan, and 4 per cent in Manitoba. Emissions declined by 4 per cent in B.C., 19 per cent in Ontario, 8 per cent in Quebec, and 22 per cent in Atlantic Canada.
  • Nearly 50 per cent of Canada’s emissions come from two sectors: oil and gas and transportation.
  • By 2030, if all existing and developing climate policies (as of April 2016) are implemented, emissions will decline relative to 2005 levels for Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. Emissions will rise for B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and for Atlantic Canada.