Canada Begins Long-Term Climate Planning in Marrakech

Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac) news release, November 18, 2016

The government of Canada released an initial draft of their long-term strategy to decarbonize by 2050 today. This plan outlines priority pathways including replacing fossil fuel energy with renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid, facilitating the movement of electricity between provinces and states, and avoiding stranded assets.

In response, CAN-Rac Executive Director Catherine Abreu issued the following statement:

“CAN-Rac welcomes this initiative and congratulates Canada for being one of the first countries to take this important step. A long-term climate vision opens up one of the most timely and important conversations in Canada and globally.

CAN-Rac will work with all levels of government and our members to ensure this plan is fully developed and put into action, and sets us on a path to cutting climate pollution entirely by 2050.

The 80% reduction in emissions currently being modelled in the plan are a start, but we know that we have to get to 100% reduction in order to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities. This can only be done if we take immediate action to meet and then beat our current climate targets. That means not approving new projects that violate lock us into dirty energy, keeping us out of the global transition off fossil fuels.

For Canada to decarbonize by 2050 we need continual improvement and ambitious goals. Now is the time for Canada and the provinces to agree on what steps they will take today and commit to continual improvement until Canada is fully decarbonized by 2050.

At present the Government of Canada and the provinces are developing a Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth. If successful the Framework will ensure Canada cuts emissions to meet our 2030 climate goal. CAN-Rac is advocating for the inclusion of an accountability mechanism to ensure that Canada and the provinces continue to increase their ambition over time to exceed that target and make deep reductions in the years to come.