Per capita GHG emissions in Canada increased from 21.5 tonnes to 17.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2005 and 2020.
In 2020, Canada was the 11th largest emitter of GHGs in the world. Although considered high, GHG emissions per capita still increased from 21.5 tonnes to 17.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from 2005 to 2020.
Which is unfortunately still far from the pace necessary to achieve the reduction targets planned for 2030.
And no previous gains have been acquired. As proof, in 2022, Canada's GHG emissions increased by 2.1% compared to their 2021 level, according to an analysis by the Climate Institute of Canada.
On the opposition benches, the Conservative Party stepped into the breach by declaring that with this report, the environment commissioner confirms the failure of Trudeau's carbon tax.
Stressing that Canada will not achieve its climate goals despite the Liberals' punitive taxes, the Conservatives criticize the government for not having done its homework regarding the impact of this plan on the Canadiens.
While mocking the Liberals who recently delayed the implementation of restrictive measures on oil heating, the Conservatives pointed out that the government had not even bothered to set implementation deadlines for 49% of its [climatic] measures.
He also admitted that only 43% of his so-called 'climate measures', many of which are actually just tax measures, will have a direct impact on emissions. The government's plan did not even bother to include a target or expected emissions reductions for 95% of its measures, the opposition added in a statement.
Greenpeace is urging the Trudeau government to take a serious step forward as its climate plan misses its GHG reduction target for 2030.
A target which is already largely insufficient compared to the requirements of the International Energy Agency, which asks developed nations to reduce their GHGs by 80% by 2035, recalls the environmental group.
The Trudeau government must break the series of climate setbacks by proposing a costed and ambitious plan that will drastically reduce emissions in all sectors of activity, starting with the oil and gas sector which is still slow to regulate even though it is the most polluting sector in the country.
Such gaps in the federal government's GHG reduction plan demonstrate, according to Greenpeace, that this government is not yet taking the climate crisis seriously.