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Environment Minister to show Canadians his path to net zero emissions

Environment Minister to show Canadians his path to net zero emissions”

As Canada is a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement, this contract promises that net-zero emissions will be achieved by 2100.

The prime minister is joined by ministers Jonathan Wilkinson (environment and climate change), Steven Guilbeault (Canadian Heritage), and Catherine McKenna (infrastructure and communities).

The government of Canada has tabled legislation which proposes transparency and accountability to help it achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

That means there either are no more emissions, or those still produced are absorbed by nature or technology. During the last election, our government promised to legally bind Canada to its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

"There is a difference between legislating a target and legislating climate accountability", said Abreu.

For the remaining targets and plans for 2035, 2040, 2045, they have to be made public at least five years in advance of the goal. The minister would have to report on progress made toward each target and, if the target was missed, explain how the government intends to get the country back on track.

It missed its 2012 target under the Kyoto accord by more than 100 million tonnes and at the end of this year will miss its 2020 target by even more than that.

If it is passed, the legislation would require the environment minister to set five-year targets for reducing emissions beginning in 2030 with a goal of achieving net-zero in the following 20 years.

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West Coast Environmental Law staff lawyer Andrew Gage said the government should be prioritizing more immediate action by setting a 2025 target.

The rest of the hydrogen produced in Alberta is considered "gray hydrogen", because the Carbon dioxide emissions associated with its production are not captured."We already have a good hydrogen economy in Alberta". The path to 2050 will be decided by what happens - or doesn't - over the next 10 years.

Green Leader Annamie Paul declared her party unable to support the bill.

Conservative environment critic Dan Albas attacked the government for making "new environmental commitments while failing to meet their previous climate promises", and NDP environment critic Laurel Collins called the bill "a small step in the right direction" but ultimately continuing a trend of "putting off climate action". He said accountability for meeting those targets would ultimately be carried out by voters, who increasingly support stricter climate change policies.

The proposed legislation would establish a 15-member advisory board to guide the government's targets and plans to meet them.

Saying Canadians want climate action now, the prime minister has introduced a new climate change bill.

"In particular there's work to be done ensuring that this bill drives ambition in the near term, rather than simply backloading all of the work on climate change to decades from now", said Abreu.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. In addition, the Canadian government should prioritize environmental issues, such as global warming. Collins did not provide a temperature.



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