Encouraging climate news: World leaders have agreed to “transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner” in the final COP28 agreement.
As David Gelles says in this New York Times article, this is a “potentially trajectory-altering moment” in the environmental movement. While it is frustrating that it took 28 years to include the words ‘fossil fuels’ in a meaningful way in a COP agreement, this is very good news.
Now the world’s top climate polluters need to step up and accelerate the switch to renewables. As major fossil fuel producers and exporters, Canada and B.C. have an opportunity to lead by strengthening proposed oil and gas emissions caps and quickly cutting greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors.
The B.C. Climate Change Accountability Report (CCAR) released on December 1 showed that greenhouse gas emissions in the province have decreased overall by only three percent compared to 2007 levels, placing the province far from its goal of a 40 percent reduction in emissions from 2007 levels by the year 2030. A transition away from fossil fuels is badly needed if we are to meet our emissions targets.
Canada and B.C. have allowed high-carbon expansion projects to export fossil fuels, including fracked LNG, for far too long. We know we cannot meet our climate goals, and maintain a livable future, without reducing oil and gas emissions and production. Finalized with ambition and speed, the newly announced provincial and federal emissions cap proposals can become a step in the right direction and an opportunity to support global efforts to phase out fossil fuels.
The world has agreed to transition away from fossil fuels. B.C. and Canada can be leaders in winding down fossil fuel production, investing in renewables, and supporting solutions to stabilize the climate.
To learn more about the B.C. Climate Change Accountability Report and the newly announced provincial emissions cap, read our recent media release.
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