Federal government introduces net-zero emissions bill

On November 19, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathon Wilkinson tabled Bill C-12, An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 in the House of Commons. The legislation, if passed, would require the federal government to set a series of 5-year interim emissions reduction targets beginning in 2030 progressing to the ultimate target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Many environmental groups welcomed the legislation as a good first step, but with some significant weaknesses including the lack of a target between now and 2030, and the absence of any penalties for failing to achieve any of the interim targets.

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Updated: December 9, 2020