(Belga) Canada is accumulating “failures” in the fight against climate change and is recording the “worst performance” of the G7 countries, denounced the Canadian environment commissioner in a series of reports published on Thursday.
The independent parliamentary oversight body determined that “30 years of commitments by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have resulted in emissions increasing by more than 20% since 1990”. Canada “is now the country with the worst performance of any G7 nation since the adoption of the historic Paris agreement in 2015,” said Jerry DeMarco, environment commissioner, at a press conference. . “We cannot keep going from failure to failure,” he continued, adding that “it is not enough to establish other targets and other plans”, but to take action. and “to get results”. The commissioner notably cited the government fund, which is supposed to help the oil and gas sector to reduce its polluting emissions but which makes it possible to increase production levels. “When production (of oil and gas) increases, emissions” also increase, he said. Jerry DeMarco also described the federal government’s reports in this area as “poor”. “They have not presented results for almost half of their measures,” he lamented. The fourth largest oil producer in the world, Canada ranks among the top 10 emitters of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the planet and has one of the highest emission rates per capita. On Thursday, the new Minister of the Environment Steven Guilbeault, a former environmental activist, said he welcomed the reports “favorably”. According to him, the commissioner’s “retrospective analysis” does not take into account the addition of more than a “hundred measures” put in place since 2016 in the fight against climate change. “We are confident that we have laid the groundwork, including putting in place one of the toughest pollution pricing and rebate programs in the world, to bring Canada’s fight against climate change to fruition. higher level “, adds the minister. The Commissioner of the Environment estimates that it will take real effort to reverse the current trend and for Canada to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions from 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. ( Belga)