BC lags behind other provinces on climate action

Vancouver – Despite continued claims of climate leadership from Premier Christy Clark, B.C.’s actions and commitments to date mean that B.C. is a climate laggard when compared to Canada’s other most populous provinces.

This week, the Pembina Institute released an infographic and a backgrounder illustrating that eight years after the release of the province’s Climate Action Plan, BC’s emissions are projected to keep going up. This growth stands in stark contrast to Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

With the carbon tax frozen since 2012, BC’s carbon pollution has been rising. According to modelling by the Canadian Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Team, if the province’s inaction on climate change continues, B.C.’s emissions will rise 39% above their 2014 level by 2030.

Meanwhile, carbon pollution in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec is expected to decrease by 26%, 22% and 23%, respectively, over the same period based on these provinces’ climate actions and commitments to date.

BC will fail to meet its legislated emissions target in 2020. To be credible, the government’s Climate Leadership Plan, expected to land later this month, must get BC back on track to its 2050 target.

Last fall, Premier Clark’s Climate Leadership Team delivered 32 recommendations designed to do just that. If the government adopts anything less than the full package of recommendations, including a stronger carbon tax, BC will miss its 2050 target — and fail to do its part in addressing climate change.

“Premier Clark has a clear choice: a strong plan that says yes to renewed climate action and a BC well positioned to thrive in a low-carbon world, or a weak plan that fails to protect our communities, economy and environment from a changing climate,” said Josha MacNab, BC director at the Pembina Institute.

BC Carbon Pollution Facts:

  • BC’s carbon emissions in 2014: 63 million tonnes.
  • BC’s legislated emissions target for 2020: 44 million tonnes.
  • BC’s legislated emissions target for 2050: 13 million tonnes.

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