The official report concludes that Canada’s plan to reduce emissions is inadequate for meeting its targets.
According to a recent report from Canada’s auditor general, the country’s plan to reduce emissions is not enough to reach its goal of cutting emissions by 40% to 45% below the 2005 level by 2030.
According to a statement released on Tuesday by the office of the auditor general, the audit concluded that the government’s plan was inadequate due to delays and lack of prioritization of crucial measures required to meet the 2030 target.
If Canada does not reach the minimum target of 40% by 2030, it would fail to fulfill its commitment to the United Nations’ Paris agreement on addressing climate change.
Last year, Canada unveiled its initial strategy for achieving its 2030 climate objectives. The plan includes specific measures and a budget of C$9.1 billion (US$6.6 billion) to reduce carbon emissions, marking a significant effort after previous failures to meet targets.
The audit revealed that various federal organizations, which are not directly answerable to the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, were responsible for reducing emissions. This has made it challenging to make progress and implement changes.
Although Canada has continuously failed to meet its emissions reduction goals, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently emphasized the importance of tackling climate change as a top priority for his government.
The report was drafted by Jerry DeMarco, the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development. According to DeMarco, the government can still achieve its 2030 goal with determination, concentration, and strong leadership.
The review discovered that the strategy had the potential to effectively decrease emissions through methods like implementing carbon pricing and regulations. However, it also had numerous flaws, such as lacking and conflicting information and unreliable projections, which undermined the credibility of the plan.