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Canadian government claims climate action working in report to United Nations

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Catherine Mckenna, Minister of Environment and Climate change announcing Canada’s climate action plan.

Canada is setting new vehicle emission and clean fuel standards in the near future

Canada is making strong progress toward meeting its 2030 climate target, according to a year-end report submitted to the United Nations, according to a Government of Canada press release.

One year after launching Canada’s first clean-growth and climate action plan in partnership with provinces and territories, the Government of Canada says it is adopting policies and making investments that reduce carbon pollution, help Canadians save money and energy, and support businesses and industry to compete in a low-carbon economy.

“We are 100 per cent committed to meeting Canada’s 2030 climate change target, and I’m proud of the progress we’re making. We’re taking action and promoting clean solutions to cut carbon pollution, spark new economic opportunities, and support good jobs in communities across Canada,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change.

“There’s still a lot to do, and I look forward to working with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, and all Canadians to keep the momentum for climate action going.”

Canada submitted a report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which details the progress Canada is making toward its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Canada is required to report on progress toward meeting its climate commitments every two years.

Since the last report, the government says Canada has taken significant steps to reduce carbon pollution and invest in clean solutions, both at home and abroad.

According to the Government of Canada, the actions include:

  • adopting the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change with provinces and territories
  • announcing a nationwide approach for pricing carbon pollution
  • committing to accelerate the phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030 and launching the international Powering Past Coal Alliance in partnership with the United Kingdom
  • committing a historic level of federal investment in areas such as green infrastructure, transit, and innovation as well as proposed funding to make buildings and industrial sectors more energy efficient
  • developing regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent, by 2025
  • adopting new vehicle emission standards
  • developing a clean fuel standard to reduce emissions from fuels used in transportation, buildings, and industry
  • committing more than $2.5 billion to help developing countries combat climate change

The Government of Canada says it is committed to ensuring that Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are partners in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and it will continue working with national Indigenous organizations to advance broader clean-growth and climate change priorities.

  • Canada’s investments in climate action include
    • $21.9 billion in green infrastructure, including clean energy, and the $35-billion infrastructure bank
    • $73.5 million for the new Canadian Centre for Climate Services to support provincial, territorial, Indigenous, and other partners’ climate-adaptation decision making
    • $18 million for a climate change and health adaptation program for First Nations and Inuit communities and $83.8 million to help integrate traditional Indigenous knowledge in the understanding of climate change, guide adaptation measures, and enhance Indigenous community resilience
    • $2 billion from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support provincial and territorial projects to reduce carbon pollution and spur clean growth, as well as initiatives proposed by a wide range of stakeholders
    • $20.1 billion over 11 years to help Canadian communities build the new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move, and work

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