|Canada climbing towards emissions goals|
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|Written by Trevor Busch|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 22:10|
Canada is half way towards meeting its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets, according to an announcement made last week.
“There’s a ways to go yet in terms of the number of things that we need to do, but we are making some progress,” said Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne. “That’s an important aspect. Overall, we still need to work with the provinces, obviously because industries are generally under provincial regulation.”
By their own account, the federal government has contributed to the projected emissions reductions by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and electricity sectors, and is continuing to work with industry partners to reduce emissions from other sectors, including oil and gas.
Payne highlighted the drive of his government to better streamline environmental review practices to make them more cost efficient and expedite future investment.
“Our budget, Bill 38, what we’re trying to do is get to one environmental review, which is appropriate, because a lot of times we would have the province doing a review, and the feds doing a review. When you’re doing that sort of thing, that doesn’t help business, it costs them twice as much. A lot of times people will just walk away from a project rather than have to go through two reviews, because it’s extremely expensive. I always point out the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, that thing went on for years, and now it’s ready to go, but now gas prices are so low that nobody is going to make a big investment in it.”
Under the Copenhagen Accord, Canada has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020. Canada’s Emissions Trends Report, released last week, shows a projection of greenhouse gas emissions to 2020, taking into account the latest economic and emissions data, as well as current federal and provincial actions to reduce emissions.
For the first time this year, Canada’s Emissions Trends Report includes in its projections the contribution of the Land Use Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector to reducing GHG emissions.