Category: Canada

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Canada Subsidies

Canada—46.4 billion per annum Canada paid $3.314 billion (on oil and gas subsidies) to its fossil fuel industry last year, and $2.9 billion in 2013. The amount changes yearly, $3.314 billion is an average based on 2013-2015 data. Subsidies are usually associated with production, field development, extraction, and exploration. However, the International Monetary Fund estimated...

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Canada Survey

In a 2017 survey of 1,518 Canadians conducted by Abacus Data Inc. 84% of respondents said they feel the USA made the wrong decision in exiting the Paris Climate Change Accord. In a survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted by Nanos Research, nearly two-thirds of respondents agreed or somewhat agreed that the federal government should proceed...

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Canada Strategies

Canada: (1) Strengthen country’s Paris Agreement pledge; (2) new infrastructure spending that won’t lock Canadians into a high carbon path; (3) prioritize transit and active transportation over auto-only infrastructure I support the Canada Climate Action Network’s recommendation that Canada work to raise its NDC targets given the Paris Ambition Mechanism process that calls on parties...

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Canada Renewable Energy

Canada—No 100% 2050 Commitment Benchmark: Electricity system to run 90% on non-emitting resources by 2030 Canada has not yet made a commitment to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050. Renewables represents 66% of Canada’s electricity generation: 59.3% is hydroelectricity, wind power is 4.4%, biomass power is 1.9 % and solar power is 0.5%. Nuclear power...

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Canada Success Project

Canada—The Carbon Impact Initiative The United Nations Environmental has reported that buildings account for 40% of emissions as a result of the construction, operations and maintenance over the life of a building. The Carbon Impact Initiative (CII) is an industry-wide effort by the EllisDon Corporation (a world leading construction/building firm) to contribute to a low-carbon...

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Canada Checkup

Canada—Moving Forward The 2016 Government Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCFCGCC) is intended to help achieve Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments.  It calls for investments in green infrastructure, public transport, clean technology, and increased carbon sequestration. Carbon pricing is the core of the PCFCGCC. Provinces are required to institute a minimum carbon price...

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Canada Emission Reduction Policy

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change In March 2016, our provincial Ministers (premiers) and the Prime Minister issued the Vancouver Declaration on clean growth and climate change. They also agreed to develop a pan-Canadian Framework to achieve our commitment to the Paris Agreement (a 30% reduction below 2005 levels of emissions). Four working...

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Canada Extreme Weather Event

Wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta Between 1995 and 2005, 250 communities and 700,000 Canadians were evacuated due to wildfires. Increasingly catastrophic events include Kelowna, BC (2003), Slave Lake, Alberta (2011), and now Fort McMurray, Alberta (2016). Canada’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) says three trends contribute to the likelihood of more fire disasters...

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Canada Media Organizations

Broadcast Media CBC News is a national public broadcaster, a leader in producing and distributing Canadian content, meeting regulatory obligation reports to Parliament and CRTC. CBC wrote about the Paris Agreement and key deliverables such as a carbon-neutral target after 2050 but before 2100 (Dec. 12, 2015) and how satellite data from NASA illustrates increasing carbon...

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Canada Subnational Best Practices

Regions/Provinces/States The Province of British Columbia (BC)—BC has long been a leader on climate change. In 2007, a Climate Action Charter with the province and the Union of BC Municipalities, committed to carbon neutrality by 2012 including municipal GGE reporting. As of 2013, 182 of 190 municipalities (96%) had signed on. In 2008, a Climate...

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