Federal Government seeks Input on 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan

How can the HVACR industry help reduce emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030?

That is the question the federal government is asking us as well as other stakeholders and the broader public to help solve.

As members may be aware, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act received Royal Assent last June, enshrining into law Canada’s commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Act “establishes the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target as Canada’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement emissions reductions of 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.”

It “establishes a legally binding process to set five-year national emissions-reduction targets for 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2045, as well as develop credible, science-based emissions-reduction plans to achieve each target.”

It also mandates that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada “develop a national emissions reduction plan for each five-year target, with the 2030 plan due by March 29, 2022.”

According to s. 10 (1) of the Act, the emissions reduction plan must contain:

  • the greenhouse gas emissions target for the year to which the plan relates;
  • a summary of Canada’s most recent official greenhouse gas emissions inventory and information relevant to the plan that Canada submitted under its international commitments with respect to climate change;
  • a description of the key emissions reduction measures the Government of Canada intends to take to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions target;
  • a description of how Canada’s international commitments with respect to climate change are taken into account in the plan;
  • a description of any relevant sectoral strategies;
  • a description of emissions reduction strategies for federal government operations;
  • a projected timetable for implementation for each of the measures and strategies described in paragraphs (a) to (d);
  • projections of the annual greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from those combined measures and strategies, including projections for each economic sector that is included in Canada’s reports under the Convention; and
  • a summary of key cooperative measures or agreements with provinces and other governments in Canada.

HRAI will be engaged on this issue but members can submit comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada by completing the online questionnaire before January 14, 2022.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext 235, or email mluymes@hrai.ca.

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