With the pressing reality of climate change and its serious consequences to all, Canada and 194 other signatories reached an agreement in Paris two years ago to limit global average temperatures increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius. To comply with the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Government of Canada has committed us to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canadians must find a way of eliminating 219 megatonnes of the country’s GHG emissions within the next 13 years. This is a very ambitious goal.
As part of its on-going study on transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources spent four days studying the effects, challenges, opportunities and costs of this transition with a fact-finding mission to Eastern Canada. The study included stops in St John’s, N.L., Summerside, P.E.I., Saint John, N.B. and Halifax, N.S. The committee is expected to present a final report on its findings with key recommendations to the federal government by December 2017.
Day 1 – St John’s, (Newfoundland)
The first stop on the itinerary brought the senators to St. John’s, N.L. for a full day of meetings about clean technology and environmental innovation.
Senators learned about the Lower Churchill River Project, a hydroelectric resource that will offer long-term, clean, renewable power and listened to suggestions about making use of carbon pricing revenue.