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Canada is throwing in the towel early on GHG emissions target

Even with half a decade in between now and the target date of 2020, Canada is already expecting to fall short of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal.

According to a statement made by Canada’s Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, Canada is in no way on track to meet its carbon emission target. “There is strong evidence that Canada will not meet its international 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target,” Gelfand told a press conference last week.

Some of the evidence Gelfand pointed to included Ottawa’s vow to reduce carbon emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels. In a report to Parliament, Gelfand claimed that Ottawa has no plan in place to cut emissions.

In addition, plans to severely reduce emissions from the Canadian oil and gas sector, one of the largest emitters according to MSN Canada, have been consistently delayed. Environment Canada predicts that the Canadian oil and gas division’s contribution to national GHG emissions will rise to 200 megatonnes by 2020. This is 27 megatonnes more than 2012 levels and is also the largest increase in any sector of Canada.

Many issues with attempting to meet the GHG goals comes from a lack of regulation of oil and gas practices in Canada. The country’s right-leaning government has made it known that they will do nothing to slow or damper energy development in Western Canada given the bountiful economic benefits.

“Federal measures currently in place will have little effect on emissions by 2020 … there is strong evidence that Canada will not meet its international greenhouse gas emission reduction target,” Gelfand said in an official audit covering the period between January 2011 and July 2014, which was quoted in a recent Reuters article.

To read more about the failing goals of Canada and quotes from Canadian official Julie Gelfand, be sure to check out the MSN Canada article, “Canada will miss 2020 target to cut carbon emissions.”

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