Gallery: Canada Unable to Reach 2020 Emission Reduction Target


Oh Canada. You may have more clean water than other nation and invented hockey, but it seems you are unable to keep your promises. Like many nations in the world, you promised to reduce your carbon emissions by the end of the decade, but according to a report from The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) this will be impossible.

The report was based on a 2011 analysis by the NRTREE of the latest Government of Canada Kyoto Implementation Plan. It saw an independent assessment of the government’s plans to reduce emissions and compared them to estimated outputs and reductions attributable to federal programs and policies.

Using the 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA) integrated modelling forecasts, it was concluded that Canada will likely not achieve its Kyoto target through domestic emissions reductions.

Despite such innovative inventions, like the waste plant that runs on soda and beer, it seems that the climate policies adopted by the Canadian government will only half the emission reduction targets that were first introduced.

To quote the report, only “transparent processes for comparing expected and actual emissions reduction from government programs and policies can help Canada track its progress as it seeks to achieve its 2020 emissions reductions target.”

Speaking on the NTREE report in a Calgary Herald article, Clare Demerse, director of climate change at the Pembina Institute said, “While the report does make note of some improvements to transparency since last year, there’s clearly still a long way to go.”

“Sadly, the bottom line from this report is that Canada’s current climate policies are far too weak to reach our national target for cutting greenhouse gas pollution. That’s not a new message, but it’s a critically important one.”

In short – sort it out, Canada.

+ National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

via Environmental Expert

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  1. morleypattullo August 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Also a Canadian Inhabitat reader, I have huge respect for the environment and our uniquely northern climate. At the same time, I think it is important to look at the big picture. While at this time Canada may not support as many environmental programs as other countries around the world, it is equally if not more important to maintain an excellent financial standing. Without a successful economy and business growth, where do you expect Canada to find the money to support eco causes in the future? As far as I am concerned being financially sustainable should be a priority over being environmentally sustainable and owing other countries trillions of dollars. I look forward to seeing Canada become more eco conscious in the future, in addition to maintaining our financials.

  2. caeman August 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    As if unrealistic, PR-driven decisions like that one ever had a chance of succeeding in the first place?

  3. sylrayj August 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm, is a sad surprise reaffirming my initial statement. The current government is not supporting the environment.

  4. sylrayj August 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    As a Canadian, I can assure you that I am not surprised. Our government has repeatedly supported business over the environment, has supported wealth over those in need, and supports the appearance of traditional family over anything that deviates. I watch furniture left on the curb by the heap of garbage bags, and I know exactly what to expect of my future. :(

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