Canada plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 % by 2030

Canada has formally announced its plans to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

In this regard, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s led government submitted its target to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Canada’s announcement comes ahead of Climate change conference to be held in Paris in December 2015 which is aiming for international efforts to create a new frame work for addressing climate change.

It should be noted that, during the 2015 Paris conference, a new international framework replacing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is to be discussed. The main reason considered to replace this anti-global warming treaty is due to its ineffective implementation because only rich countries (developed) were required to limit their emissions.

The new framework will seek to bring poorer countries (developing) under its ambit and force them to make commitments under the new framework.

Other countries announcements

  • Earlier in 2014, United States had committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent cut by 2025 from 2005 levels.
  • European Union (EU) also had set a target to reduce emission of 35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Japan is also proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 per cent by 2030.
  • World’s largest emitter China officially has not announced its target to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions yet, but had set a target for the country’s emissions to peak by 2030 in a joint climate announcement with US in November, 2014.

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