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Greening Government Strategy

legislation type Executive
Strategy
Adaptation Framework
Mitigation Framework
Passed in 2020
This strategy aims at reducing GHG emissions and increase the resilience of Canada's federal government. It builds on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. It seeks to transition to net-zero carbon and climate-resilient operations, while also reducing environmental impacts beyond carbon, including on waste, water and biodiversity.

The strategy notably sets goals with regard to low-carbon transport and real property.

Documents

  • The Government of Canada’s operations will be net-zero emissions by 2050 including:  

    • government-owned and leased real property
    • mobility: fleets, business travel and commuting
    • procurement of goods and services
    • national safety and security operations

    To implement net-zero in real property and fleet operations,
    the Government of Canada will reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2
    GHG emissions by 40% by 2025 and by at least 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. On this emissions reduction pathway, the government will aspire to reduce emissions by an additional 10% each 5 years starting in 2025.

    Net-zero means reducing GHG emissions from operations to as close to zero as possible and then balancing out any remaining emissions with an equivalent amount of carbon removal.
    Public Sector | Fixed level target | Target year: 2050 | Base year: 2020
  • Net -zero by 2050
    Economy-wide | Target year: 2050
  • Fleet Operations: Reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions 90% by 2050 relative to 2005 levels
    Transport | Target year: 2050 | Base year: 2005
  • 75% of new domestic offices must be net-zero by 2030
    Residential & Commercial | Target year: 2030
  • reducing the embodied carbon of the structural materials of major construction projects by 30%, starting in 2025
    Public Sector | Target year: 2025
  • Reduce emissions 10% each year after 2025
    Other
  • Government properties will run on 100% renewables by 2025
    Public Sector | Target year: 2025
  • diverting at least 75% by weight of non-hazardous operational waste from landfills by 2030
    Waste | Target year: 2030
  • diverting at least 75% by weight of plastic waste from landfills by 2030
    Waste | Target year: 2030
  • diverting at least 90% by weight of all construction and demolition waste from landfills and striving to achieve 100% by 2030
    Waste | Target year: 2030
  • conserve and protect 25% of Canada’s land and oceans (working toward 30% by 2030)
    Environment | Target year: 2030
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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