Canada’s climate change plan is working, says year-end reports to United Nations

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Canada is making a strong progress toward its 2030 climate change goal, according to the country’s Seventh National Communication and Third Biennial Report submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

A year after launching the country’s first clean growth and climate action plan, the Government of Canada has adopted policies and made investments that contribute to reducing carbon pollution while helping Canadians save money and energy. It has also supported businesses and industries in building a low-carbon economy.

Moreover, Canada has also worked with international partners to maintain global action on climate changes and also to seize opportunities as other countries switch to clean energy.

Every two years, the United Nations requires countries to report on their progress toward meeting commitment to climate change. The recent documents from Canada were submitted in December and details actions that include:

  • Adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change in the provinces and territories;
  • Announcement of a nationwide approach for pricing carbon pollution;
  • Commitment to accelerate the transition from coal-fired electricity to renewable sources and entering into a Powering Past Coal Alliance with the United Kingdom;
  • Investment in green building, transit and innovation as well as funding retrofitting of buildings for improved energy efficiency;
  • Development of policies reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 per cent by 2025
  • Implementation of new vehicle emission standards;
  • Enforcement of a clean fuel standard to reduce emissions from transportation and buildings, and;
  • Donation of more than $2.5 billion to assist developing countries in fighting against climate change.

“There’s still a lot to do, and I look forward to working with provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples, and all Canadians to keep the momentum for climate change going,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.

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