Canadians have made it clear what they want: clean air and good jobs, a healthy environment and a strong economy. Today, the Government of Canada unveiled a plan outlining the next steps to continue to pursue these priorities for the benefit of all.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the release of the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s next steps towards clean air and a strong economy. This ambitious and achievable plan sets out an approach to be taken across every sector to enable Canada to meet its new climate target of 40% emissions reductions from 2005 levels by 2030 and be on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 .
Building on the efforts of millions of Canadians, Indigenous Peoples, businesses, provinces, territories and municipalities, the Government of Canada continues to take action to combat climate change, create jobs and position Canadians as a global leader in the transition to cleaner manufacturing and technology.
The 2030 emissions reduction plan includes $9.1 billion in new investments to reduce pollution and grow the economy. The objectives of the Plan include the following:
- Helping Canadians switch to electric vehicles. We are investing more than $2.9 billion in charging infrastructure, providing financial support to make zero-emission vehicles more affordable, supporting clean transport projects for medium and heavy vehicles, and developing sales requirements to ensure that by 2035 new passenger cars sold in Canada will be zero emission vehicles. These requirements are based on preliminary sales targets of at least 20% by 2026 and at least 60% by 2030.
- Landscaping of houses and buildings in Canada. With an investment of approximately $1 billion, we will develop a national plan for zero energy buildings by 2050, Canada’s Green Buildings Strategy, and work with provinces, territories and other partners to promote the most stringent building codes, public modernization projects and contribute to significant energy efficiency improvements in large buildings.
- Help industries adopt clean technologies and move towards carbon neutrality. We are making unprecedented investments to keep industries green and competitive, and we are creating stronger incentives for clean technologies and fuels, including carbon capture, use and storage.
- Make the Canadian grid even cleaner. We will develop a regulated clean electricity standard, we will invest about $850 million more in clean energy projects such as wind and solar, and we will work with provinces and territories, stakeholders and our Indigenous partners to keep Canada’s electricity grid clean . zero emissions by 2035 while continuing to provide Canadians and businesses with access to reliable, affordable electricity.
- Reduce emissions in the oil and gas sector. We will continue to work closely with provinces and territories, stakeholders, and our indigenous partners to develop an approach to limit emissions in the oil and gas sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by at least 75% by 2030 and create good jobs. Under the Plan, the oil and gas sector will contribute to a 31% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels, equivalent to a 42% reduction from 2019 levels. The government will build on this plan to cap emissions from the oil and gas sector .
- We help farmers build a clean and prosperous future. We are providing approximately $1 billion in financial support to farmers for new and expanded programs to help them develop and implement sustainable practices, energy efficient technologies and solutions such as air carbon capture.
- Empowering communities to fight climate change. We are investing $2.2 billion to expand the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support projects led by governments, educational institutions, nonprofits, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders and money that will reduce pollution and create jobs in communities across the country.
- Use the power of nature to fight climate change. We are investing an additional $780 million to help Canadian oceans, wetlands, peatlands, grasslands and farmlands capture and store carbon, and explore the potential of emission reduction technologies in the forest sector.
Emissions Reduction Plan 2030: Canada’s Next Steps to Clean Air and a Strong Economy includes contributions from more than 30,000 Canadians, provinces and territories, our Indigenous partners, industry, civil society and the Carbon Neutral Advisory Group. The plan advocates a whole-of-society approach and offers practical ways to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy.
The Government of Canada will continue to work with all Canadians to develop and implement the new policies and initiatives announced today. By the end of 2023, the government will publish an update on progress towards the emission reduction targets.
“To build a strong economy at 21as well as century, it is necessary to take concrete measures to combat climate change that are not only ambitious but also achievable. With additional measures announced today, we continue to deliver on the priorities Canadians have entrusted to us: clean air, good jobs, a strong economy and a better future for all. »
“This is the next major step in our government’s plan to reduce pollution and create good, sustainable jobs in Canada. With natural resources, a highly skilled workforce and a strong financial system, Canada is well positioned to benefit from increasing its climate ambitions. The actions of millions of Canadians have allowed us to flatten the curve of our pollution trajectory, and this roadmap charts the course to reach our climate goal of reducing emissions by 40% to 45% over 2005. By acting together now, we are positioning Canada as a leader in a clean economy. »
“The transition to a cleaner, more prosperous and more competitive economy must be an urgent priority and an ongoing effort in the coming years. The Canadian Emissions Reduction Plan 2030 outlines how we can meet our 2030 target, find ways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and create economic opportunities for Canadians across the country. »
- The actions announced today build on the climate action already underway in Canada, as outlined in the Pan-Canada Framework for Net Growth and Climate Change (2016), the Canadian Climate Gain Plan: Clean Environment and healthy economy (2020) and budget for 2021. Overall, these measures have already contributed to a 36% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, and have also created economic opportunities across the country.
- That Carbon Neutral Liability Law legally sets Canada’s 2030 Paris Agreement emission reduction target of 40–45% reductions from 2005 levels and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Law States that Canada should publish a set of plans and progress reports to support the achievement of these goals.
- The recently released Emissions Reduction Plan 2030: Canada’s Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy is the first in a series of plans to 2050 and meets the requirements Law.
- The 2030 Plan is a living plan – a comprehensive roadmap that reflects levels of ambition and will guide efforts to reduce emissions in every sector. As governments, businesses, nonprofits and communities across the country work together to achieve these goals, we will identify and seize new opportunities.
- To keep Canada on track to reduce emissions, the plan includes an interim goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2005 levels by 2026, as outlined in Law. That Law also requires the Government of Canada to produce progress reports by the end of 2023, 2025 and 2027.
- The Carbon Neutral Advisory Panel is a group of experts with diverse backgrounds and expertise who advise the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the best ways for Canada to achieve its carbon neutrality goal by 2050, driving economic growth and creating good jobs. .