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Deadline for public submissions to 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan extended

Deadline for public submissions to 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan extended

Canada NewsWire

GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 14, 2022 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to working with Canadians to develop and implement ambitious measures to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Consultations are ongoing with Canadians on the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which will outline how Canada plans to reduce emissions by 40%–45% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Since the formal engagement process launched on December 10, 2021, the federal government received approximately 20,000 public submissions. In response to the overwhelming interest and useful feedback received so far, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, is extending the deadline for public submissions to the 2030 ERP by one week to 11:59 p.m. PST on January 21, 2022.

Minister Guilbeault and officials have also been consulting separately with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, industry partners, members of Parliament, and the Net-Zero Advisory Body to inform the 2030 plan.

The decision to extend the engagement period will give Canadians more time to contribute to the plan and build on the enthusiasm shown to date.

Interested Canadians can continue to submit their ideas through the Engagement on Canada's 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan – Public Submission Portal.

The Government of Canada remains on track to establish the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan by March 29, 2022.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to achieving net-zero emissions no later than 2050. It developed and passed the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act earlier this year. The Act enshrines Canada's climate goals for 2030 and 2050 into law and requires the Government to establish an emissions reduction plan to achieve Canada's 2030 target. The 2030 plan will be the first emissions reduction plan established under the Act and is a key milestone on the pathway to net zero by 2050.

  • In addition to the 2030 ERP, the Government of Canada is consulting on the following commitments in early 2022:
    • Mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles so that at least half of new light–duty vehicles (cars, pickups, etc.) sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2030, reaching 100 percent by 2035;

    • Developing emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles that are aligned with the most ambitious standards in North America, and requiring that 100 percent of selected categories of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emission by 2040;

    • Capping emissions from the oil and gas sector at current levels and requiring that they decline at the pace and scale needed to get to net zero by 2050;

    • Developing a plan to reduce methane emissions across the broader Canadian economy in support of the Global Methane Pledge and Canada's climate plan goals to reduce oil and gas methane emissions by at least 75 percent below 2012 levels by 2030;

    • Transitioning to a net-zero emitting electricity grid by 2035.

Associated links

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Twitter page

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Facebook page

SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

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