Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Canada falling short on emissions

Canada is on pace to fall well short of its emissions goals, according to a new government-funded from Trottier Energy Institute.

The goal announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a 40 per cent reduction from 2005 emission levels by 2030.

The report says the current rate of progress will achieve only 16 per cent.

The report also says that Ottawa’s recent commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 necessitates rethinking some of the techniques for meeting the 2030 target. 

Canada is at risk of leaning too much on short-term solutions that promote more efficient use of fossil fuels, rather than focusing on a transition to the non-emitting energy sources needed for net zero, the report says.

The work was sponsored by Natural Resources Canada along with the Trottier Foundation.

The report has implications for farmers because some farm management practices can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also take carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil.