Climate change/greenhouse gas: appearance before the Standing Committee (November 4, 2020)

Adaptation

Q. How is the Government supporting climate change adaptation?

Canada’s 2030 GHG Emissions Reduction Target

Q. Does the Government of Canada plan to bring forward a more ambitious 2030 target to COP26? If so, how will you engage on the new target?

Q. How can the Government of Canada meet and exceed the Paris Agreement targets when the 4th Biennial Report shows a 77Mt gap?

Q. What has been achieved since the adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change?

Q. The September 2020 Speech from the Throne indicates that the Government will immediately bring forward a plan to exceed Canada’s 2030 target. When will the Government release this plan?

Q. Canada and the world continue to address the impacts of COVID-19. Why is the Government focusing on climate change?

Clean Fuel Standard

What is the Clean Fuel Standard?

What fuels will be affected by the Clean Fuel Standard?

Who has been consulted on the proposed Clean Fuel Standard?

What is the status on developing the Clean Fuel Standard?

Clean Technology

Can you inform the committee about what the Government’s position is regarding Clean Technology?

Federal / Provincial / Territorial Relations

Q. How does the government work with provinces and territories to ensure the federation is heading in the same direction when developing and implementing actions?

Indigenous Relations

Q. How do climate actions take into account the needs of Indigenous communities? On reserve? North of 60? Remote communities?

Q. Are Indigenous peoples co-developing Canada’s climate actions and targets?

International Climate Change

Q. How will global climate ambition be maintained in light of the delayed COP and will Canada bring forward a more ambitious emissions reduction target?

Q. How is Canada supporting global climate action in the lead up to COP26?

Q. Does Canada plan to take credit for the global impact of its LNG/iron/uranium production?

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Just Transition

Q. What is the Government of Canada doing to ensure there is a smooth transition to a cleaner, more sustainable economy and that it does not leave workers and communities behind (i.e. oil and gas, mining)?

Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Q. What is the Government of Canada doing to put Canada on the path to net-zero by 2050?

Q. Has the Government of Canada modelled the costs of getting to net-zero by 2050?

Q. The Government has committed to reaching a net-zero target by 2050. What is “net-zero” and how is it defined.

Q. When do you plan to introduce legislation, a new climate plan, a new target and a net zero plan?

Background

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has been mandated to lead government-wide efforts to develop a plan to set Canada on a path to achieve a prosperous net-zero emissions future by 2050, based on the advice of experts and consultations with Canadians.

Canada’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 will include setting legally-binding, five-year emissions reduction milestones. The government will strengthen existing GHG reduction measures and introduce new measures to exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions target and provide a foundation for net-zero.

Net-zero emissions does not necessarily mean no greenhouse gas emissions at all. It means that all greenhouse gas emitted are offset through a combination of greenhouse gas removals and offset credits.

In 2019, Canada joined 77 other countries that have committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. A number of subnational jurisdictions and cities have set net-zero targets, including California, New York State, Nova Scotia, Barcelona, Melbourne, Toronto, and Halifax.

Achieving net-zero will require careful calibration to reflect Canada’s unique circumstances – including geography, the importance of traditional resource economy, and shared jurisdiction on environment.

Net zero is not just a plan for our climate. Net zero is a plan for our economic competitiveness. A plan to achieve net-zero emissions will focus on growing Canada’s prosperity by taking carbon pollution out of our environment and out of our economy.

Leading the clean energy transition means rethinking how we can harness Canada’s resources, not whether or not we harness them at all.

Transforming our economy for the future is not something one government can or should do alone. It will also take time. To get this right we have a lot of work to do with provinces and territories, industry leaders, civil society, Indigenous communities, and all Canadians.

In the coming year, Canadians and experts will be consulted to identify pathways to net-zero that integrate its environmental, energy and economic objectives. We will seek input from Canadians on how Canada should innovate and transform our economy to keep good jobs here and create new ones.

Pollution Pricing Post 2020

Q. The PBO Report that was released in Feb 2020 estimates that the government will rake in close to $100M in GST by charging a tax on the carbon tax, can the department comment on the report?

Q. The PBO released a report in October 2020 that said Canada may need a carbon price of nearly $300 to meet its climate targets. Does the government plan to increase the price to $300?

Q. What is the Government doing to help farmers with carbon pricing?

Q. Why give (fishers/farmers/greenhouse operators) relief from the fuel charge? Why not other businesses?

Q. What is the government’s position on the consitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act?

Q. This is just another government tax grab, isn’t it?

Q. Does the Government intend to increase the carbon tax? When will it do this and by how much?

Q. Has the department completed any analysis on the price trajectory?

Supplementary

Q. But how is this fuel charge not a “tax”?

Q. How does putting a price on carbon pollution work to reduce emissions?

Q. How much will the federal and provincial carbon pricing systems reduce emissions?

Strategic Assessment of Climate Change

Q. What is the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change?

Q. What is the status of the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change?

Zero Emission Vehicles

Q. What is the Government of Canada doing to reduce emissions from light-duty vehicles and help transition Canada to net zero emissions in 2050?

Q. What programs has Canada implemented to support the federal ZEV sales target?

Q. What is the Government of Canada doing to support the deployment of zero emission technology in other sectors?

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