Greenhouse gas emissions projections

The Government of Canada is committed to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while keeping the Canadian economy strong. We are achieving success - from 2005 to 2012, Canadian GHG emissions have decreased by 5.1 per cent while the economy has grown by 10.6 per cent.

The 2014 Canada’s Emissions Trends report estimates that, as a result of collective action to reduce GHGs since 2005, Canada’s 2020 GHG emissions are projected to be 130 megatonnes (Mt) lower than if no action was taken, an amount roughly equivalent to one year's worth of GHG emissions from all of Canada's road transportation.

The Government of Canada’s Action to Reduce GHGs

The Government of Canada has contributed to reducing Canada’s GHG emissions through stringent regulations for the transportation and electricity sectors - two of the largest sources of GHG emissions in Canada. As a result of our action to date:

  • Canada has strengthened its position as a world leader in clean electricity generation by becoming the first major coal user to ban construction of traditional coal-fired electricity generation units.
  • 2025 passenger vehicles and light trucks will emit about half as many GHGs as 2008 models.
  • GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent.

Moving Forward

The Government of Canada is committed to continuing to address GHG emissions through its sector-by-sector regulatory approach.

Likewise, provinces and territories will continue to implement policies and measures to address GHG emissions. The Government of Canada supports the efforts of provinces and territories, consumers and businesses to lower their emissions.

For more information on Canada’s GHG projections, see Canada's Emissions Trends 2014.

Previous reports

Emissions Trends 2013 (accessible PDF; 1.5 MB)

Emissions Trends 2012

Emissions Trends 2011

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