Canada a long way from its 2025 target

(Ottawa) Environmentalists say the new federal methane regulation will leave Canada far behind its stated goal of cutting methane emissions by nearly half within five years.

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:01 PM

The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised four years ago that Canada would cut methane emissions from fossil fuel production by 40% to 45% by 2025, and his government passed regulations to this end in 2018.

But an analysis by the Pembina Institute and the Environmental Defense organization indicates that these measures will cut methane emissions by only 29% by 2025. According to Jan Gorski, a senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, data shows that “ we wouldn’t even hit the 40% target by 2029.

Methane is responsible for more than a sixth of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions; 90% of the methane comes from exploration, drilling, production and processing of oil and gas.

Federal Secretary of the Environment spokesman Jonathan Wilkinson said the government remains committed to meeting the 40% to 45% target within five years and will strengthen regulations if necessary.

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