Canada on track for cli­mate goal: report

Emis­sions-free power gen­er­a­tion tar­get achiev­able by 2030, Canada tells UN

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - BOB WEB­BER

Canada ap­pears poised to rack up a cli­mate-change win, says a re­cent gov­ern­ment report sub­mit­ted to the United Na­tions.

The fed­eral report filed last month says Canada is on track to meet one of its cru­cial cli­mate-change com­mit­ments — gen­er­at­ing at least 90 per cent of non-in­dus­trial elec­tric­ity from emis­sions-free sources by 2030.

“Yes, it’s good news,” said David Sawyer of the Smart Pros­per­ity In­sti­tute, a Univer­sity of Ot­tawa re­search and policy in­sti­tute.

“It shows the prov­inces and fed­eral gov­ern­ment have been do­ing a lot and they’ve some­how man­aged to do more than we thought they could do.”

The report projects that by 2030 about 536 ter­awatts of elec­tric­ity will come from hy­dro, nu­clear and re­new­able gen­er­a­tion. It pre­dicts only 55 ter­awatts will be pro­duced from fos­sil fu­els.

That doesn’t in­clude power gen­er­ated by in­dus­try for its own use. About 44 per cent of that is ex­pected to come from non-emit­ting sources, but the to­tal amount gen­er­ated is much smaller.

The as­sess­ment is based on poli­cies al­ready in place and at least partly im­ple­mented. If pro­jec­tions come to pass, it will mean re­leases from power util­i­ties — one of Canada’s ma­jor emis­sions sources — will have de­clined by 80 per cent since 2005.

“We’ve knocked al­most 100 mega­tonnes off our tar­get,” Sawyer said. “It’s a very sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion since 2005.”

As late as last year, Canada was ex­pected to reach 85 per cent emis­sions-free util­ity gen­er­a­tion — an­other in a list of ex­pected short­falls in the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments.

Sawyer at­tributes most of the ex­tra cuts to bet­ter hy­dro con­nec­tions be­tween prov­inces and new fed­eral rules that as­sign car­bon costs to nat­u­ral gas.

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