No 1346 Posted by fw, May 24, 2015
At the bottom of this short post, watch a 44-second clip of Harper’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s embarrassing performance in a Q&A following her emissions target announcement. Apparently, no matter what the question, she gave the same answer.
Under its INDC* [Intended Nationally Determined Contribution],Canada proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in 2030. This translates to a 21% reduction below 2005 emissions levels excluding forestry, or 2% below 1990 levels. [*INDC office reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)].
How will Canada meet its target?
Climate Action Tracker Comments
“It’s clear Canada is not serious about climate action. Without any new policies in place, its emissions are expected to balloon through to 2030, with the tar sands taking up a significant proportion. It is difficult to fathom how Canada will achieve both its 2020 pledge and its 2030 INDC,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics.
“Canada’s forest sinks are expected to increase through to 2030. This will create a substantial amount of carbon credits that the government can use to avert action on reducing fossil fuel emissions.” said Louise Jeffery, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. “The accounting options Canada proposes using are fraught with difficulties, not least because Canada is no longer a party to the Kyoto Protocol, so it can use much looser rules.”
“With this inadequate target, Canada will not tap into its large potential to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Canada risks becoming a laggard in clean innovation, such as energy efficiency,” said Kornelis Blok, of Ecofys.
“In rating Canada “inadequate,” our lowest rating, we note that other governments will have to take a lot more action to make up for the hole left by Canada’s lack of ambition – if warming is to be held to 2°C,” said Niklas Höhne of NewClimate Institute.
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