Minister’s Foreword - 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy
On climate action, it is amazing to see the pace of progress from coast to coast to coast. No matter what part of the country I visit, I meet families, youth, workers, Indigenous Peoples, and businesses building a better future in their communities. There is no doubt: Canadians are facing climate change head-on, developing and adopting solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. As a government, we stand with them. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am excited to present Canada’s first Emissions Reduction Plan under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. The plan lays out the next steps as we ramp up our fight against climate change and bring sustainable, lasting economic prosperity to Canada. The science is clear. Reducing carbon pollution to net zero by 2050 is our best chance of keeping the planet livable for our children and grandchildren. Achieving net zero means we need to reduce emissions to the point that the carbon emissions that we do produce can be negated through measures like tree planting or carbon capture technologies. Countries around the world are stepping up to the challenge of keeping global warming below 1.5°C by achieving net zero by 2050. This is our ambitious and achievable roadmap to reach our emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement. It reflects the input of thousands of Canadians. And I know that we can get there, because we have already come such a long way together.