Annex: Clean industry

Canada’s industrial sectors – such as manufacturing, iron and steel, chemicals, mining, cement, and oil and gas – play a key role in our economy, directly accounting for 18% of nominal GDP in 2017 and over two million jobs in 2019. These sectors also accounted for 37% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018. Important progress has been made in reducing emissions across industry, including by putting a price on carbon pollution, investing in clean technology research and development, reducing methane emissions from oil and gas activities, and phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Decarbonization can be achieved either through electrification or by switching from traditional fuels to low carbon and clean fuels, such as renewable natural gas, clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, and liquid synthetic fuels. In order to move beyond incremental reductions, a key focus will be on supporting the rapid scale-up of existing and new, strategic clean technologies and supporting the market for clean fuels in Canada. By reducing pollution from natural resource development and heavy industry, Canada will position itself as a global provider of choice for many of the world’s essential goods.

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A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy contains new measures for the industrial sector

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