Climate warning

Grace Njeri

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Government of Canada

Climate warning

Canada falls short on tracking policies on emissions reduction, gov't watchdog says

Canada is failing to track the impact of specific government climate regulations on carbon emissions, making it harder for the federal government to know which policies are working, a report from the official environment watchdog said on Thursday.
The report from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Jerry DeMarco, also criticised the government for being too slow in developing its Clean Fuel Regulations, designed to cut the carbon intensity of fuels, and failing to account for some large sources of methane emissions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is aiming to cut emissions 42-45% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada's national greenhouse has inventory report, released last week, showed the country managed an 8.4% cut in 2021. read more
Speaking after the report was released, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault said the government would refine its reporting.
"We won't stop fighting climate change while we figure it out reporting methodologies," Guilbeault told reporters in Ottawa. "The bottom line is that Canada is bending the emission curve downward."
DeMarco's audit looked at specific climate regulations and found they had mixed results. Polices aimed at decarbonizing power generation met their targets, while vehicle emission regulations fell short because carbon pollution from light trucks and heavy-duty vehicles outpaced a drop in passenger vehicle emissions.
"Without comprehensive impact information, the federal government does not know whether it is using the right tools to sufficiently reduce emissions to meet its target," DeMarco said in a statement.
The commissioner also released audit reports that criticised some of Canada's other environmental policies, including a government commitment to plant two billion trees by 2031 and efforts to protect and recover Canadian wildlife species at risk.
DeMarco found in a best-case scenario the two billion trees program only reached 2.3% of its overall goal in 2022 and was unlikely to succeed without "significant changes" being made.

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  • Evangeline Wanjiru

    6 w

    Tightening time frames while planning would be a suitable idea to push for plans being seen through

    • Gorffly mokua

      6 w

      This is a major problem in many countries ! Policies implementation is a challenge!

      • Jengaj John

        6 w

        Canada government is even unlikely to meet a commitment to plant 2 billion trees by 2031

        • Munene Mugambi

          6 w

          Canadian government should heed calls to do better in regards to climate change

          • Daniel Waweru

            6 w

            The government of Canada needs to be serious. No way you can loose policies of emission reduction. This is a sensitive matter and should be dealt with seriousness

            • Annett Michuki..

              6 w

              @daniel_waweru_656 this is serious matter I agree with you

              • Hilda Wangui

                6 w

                @daniel_waweru_656 it's a serious one policies are they to guide and to be followed what needs to be implemented

              • Joseph Githinji

                6 w

                Canada Government it's time to do a better job in fulfilling the commitment you made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating clean fuel regulations. This can only happen with good records and a follow up ,so as to improve accountability.

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