Canada’s transportation sector offers some of the best opportunities to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as Canada strives to live up to its commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources said in a report, Decarbonizing Transportation in Canada, released Thursday, June 22, 2017.

As part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the federal government committed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Following the Paris Agreement, a pan-Canadian framework on climate change was developed.

As a result of Canada’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources began examining how Canada’s electricity, oil and gas, transportation, buildings and emission-intensive, trade-exposed energy-intensive sectors can transition to a lower carbon economy. This second interim report addresses the transportation sector and follows a first interim report that focused on the electricity sector.

The committee conducted fact-finding missions since fall 2016 in Western Canada (Vancouver, Kitimat, Prince George, Calgary and Estevan), Southern Ontario (Sarnia and Hamilton), Montreal and Eastern Canada (St. Johns, Summerside, Saint John and Halifax). Senators met with industry representatives from the oil, gas and biofuel sector, environmental non-governmental organizations, various industry stakeholders, government officials, subject-matter experts, academics and students.

The study focuses on the impacts of the transition to a low carbon economy on energy end users, including Canadian households and businesses. The five-part study is expected to be completed later this year. 


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