Canada's GHG Reduction Targets

Canada's 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target is near impossible with estimated increases in the oil sector.

Current projections from Environment Canada indicate that Canada will exceed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target for the year 2020. Canada's goal is to produce 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 - a target of 614 Mt CO2e.

 The following table shows projected province by province GHG emissions in 2020.  Alberta is projected to have a large increase in emissions - primarily due to the planned expansion of the Alberta bitumen sands or tar/oil sands (Environment Canada: Canada's Emission Trends October 2013). Ontario has the greatest projected decrease.  Other provinces show minor increases or decreases.

Source of Table: Environment Canada

Note: LULUCF or Land use, land-use change and forestry indicates the increase or decrease in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities. There are a number of uncertainties in determining the value of LULUCF emissions.