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Canada to cut 30% of emissions by 2030, does not include oil sands –

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 2015460 Views

May 15, 2015

Canada’s federal government has promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, an ambitious target made that doesn’t seem to include regulation plans for the oil sands sector.

The new emissions target, announced by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in Winnipeg, involves plans to control emissions in three separate areas: methane releases from oil and gas extraction; natural-gas fired power plants, and the manufacture of chemicals and nitrogen fertilizers.

The announcement comes more than three years after Canada abandoned its original emission reductions targets under the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement Canada signed on to almost two decades ago.

The leader of the country, which has historically matched its targets with those set south of the border, said last month it was unlikely that Canada’s targets were to match the U.S. this time.

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