The UN Says Canada Won't Even Get Close to Hitting Its 2030 Emissions Goals

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Canada Emissions Targets Won't Be Hit by 2030 According To A UN Report

According to a new UN report, Canada is on track to fall short of its stated 2030 emissions goals. The 2019 Emissions Gap Report from the UN Environment Programme states that Canada's emissions targets will not be met in the next ten years.

The report states that Canada would need to enact stricter policies and put better environmental measures in place in order to reach its 2030 goal. 

In Canada's nationally determined contribution (NDC) the country claimed as part of the Paris Climate Accord to lower its Greenhouse Gas emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. However, the country is currently on track to miss that goal by 15%.

That's even considering that according to 2018 projections outlined in the report, Canada's 2030 emissions are set to be 592 megatonnes, 223 megatonnes lower than what was projected in the  Pan-Canadian Framework for CleanGrowth and Climate Change.

The UN report does outline some of Canada's efforts toward climate policy, including the carbon tax, as well as working toward phasing out coal-fired plants by 2030. It does note, however, that most of those coal plants would be replaced by natural gas variants.

Canada's $300 million investment (as included in the 2019 federal budget) in zero-emission vehicles was also mentioned in the report.

A previous climate change report found that Canada had actually set its 2030 goals too low and that it was still not on track to meet them. 

Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, told Global News that Canada could potentially make its 2030 goals, but that it would have to take further action.

"The Trudeau government has already put in place a number of policies that can be ratcheted up in ambition over time," Harrison said, "including tailpipe standards for motor vehicles, the carbon price, and other regulations."

Canada's climate change plan has been criticized as being one of the worst in the world. Still, the country was only responsible for 1.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.

Despite that, though, climate change will still be detrimental to the country in many ways, including causing more wildfires in arctic regions.

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