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Canada is slowly rolling towards low-carbon transport

By Ryan Katz-Rosene      

If Canada wants to get serious about climate change, it needs to amp up on ambition, investment, and regulatory action within the transport sector specifically.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, pictured May 1, 2019, using the charging station for electric vehicles in the West Block parking lot to mark the coming-into-effect of the Incentive for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program. If the climate emergency is to be addressed within the transport sector, the government will have to redouble its financial commitments to urban transit—there is simply no way around this, writes Ryan Katz-Rosene. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Last year, the federal government recognized climate change as an “emergency,” yet one doesn’t get much of a sense of urgency when reviewing the government’s efforts to curtail greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector. While every other sector of Canada’s economy has seen emissions reductions since 2005, emissions from transport have grown substantially over this time (by +14 per cent). It is the transport sector that is most responsible for keeping Canada from meeting its international commitments under the Paris Agreement. If Canada wants to get serious about climate change, it needs to amp up on ambition, investment, and regulatory action within the transport sector specifically.

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