The Federal Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, said that Canada will continue to struggle to meet the target in the fight against climate change even though there is a persistent gap between the promises that have been made and the estimates regarding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Being in Edmonton, for the moment, for an international conference on climate change, McKenna told that the federal government was “absolutely committed to respecting” its targets and that everything has been “put on the table”.
The predicted GHG amount still exceeds by 50% the targeted amount
Canada’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions were estimated at 722 megatons of carbon dioxide, in 2015.
However, the Paris Agreement calls for Canada to reduce emissions to 517 megatons by the end of 2030.
During the last year’s December, the Canadian federal government delivered a report to the UN detailing progress towards reaching the goals. The report argues that actual measures, as well as the planned ones, could leave Canada with 66 megatons of GHG emissions over the demanded target.
This projected result is still 50 percent higher than that reported in a similar paperwork submitted to the UN in 2016.
McKenna described these new predictions as being both “good and bad,” arguing that the Canadian economy is expanding and that the federal projections are based on economic growth.
“It just means we have to do more. There are tremendous opportunities that we have not built into our target, “said the minister.
There is enough time for Canada to achieve the gas emissions goals
Ms. McKenna argued that Canada has ample time to close the gap towards its emission reduction goal.
“It’s a target for 2030. We’ve said this is a transition, and you’re not making a transition overnight,” she said.
“We need to figure out the opportunities. We know that they’re huge,” added Minister McKenna.
Canada will achieve greenhouse gas reduction target by implementing new technologies for factories in carbon-heavy industries and by investing billions of dollars in public transportation sector.
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