Soon, Canada will be known as the great green north. The US’s northern neighbor announced that its government is going 100 percent renewable by 2025, making it one of—if not the first—the first federal governments to commit to sourcing all of its electric needs from renewable energy sources. The government already announced $2.1 billion in repairs and retrofits to government buildings and to green government operations.
The Honorable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board in the House of Commons also said the government will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. As such the government is creating the Centre for Greening Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat. The center will track Canada’s emissions, coordinate its efforts throughout the government and push to meet its objectives, Brison said. The efforts will help the country meet its ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“The Government must do its part to meet the challenges of climate change to leave a prosperous and sustainable economy and a strong middle class for the next generations. I was proud to announce that we will be reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and that all departments are on board to get it done,” Brison stated.
The biggest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in the country are Canada’s National Defence (DND) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Together they account for more than 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions. The PSPC will source 100 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2025. Likewise, Canada said the DND will purchase a significant amount of renewable electricity for its installations in Alberta.
While the government set the emissions target for 2030, the Treasury, federal departments and agencies, are working to achieve to achieve this 40% reduction as early as 2025. Also, by that time PSPC—the government’s principal landlord, will purchase 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources.
“Public Services and Procurement is committed to supporting our government's goal of reducing carbon footprint through green purchases and building management. These actions demonstrate our leadership and dedication to improving the environment and the quality of life of Canadians,” said Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.Tweet