Montreal, December 9, 2020 – Reacting to the release of the City of Montreal’s Climate Plan 2020-2030, Patrick Bonin, Climate-Energy campaigner at Greenpeace Canada said:
“With its climate plan, Montreal is positioning itself among the leading cities in North America. We welcome the identification of objectives and measures aimed at rapidly reducing the use of oil and gas, but it is clear that the plan still lacks the means to ensure that the city’s target for 2030 is met. Montreal will have to redouble its efforts and the provincial and federal governments will have to provide more support to enable the city to meet and surpass its GHG reduction target for 2030; a target that falls short of what science requires”.
Given the world has already warmed by about 1.2°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 7.6% per year between 2020 and 2030, in order to to limit global warming to the 1.5°C target set by the Paris Accord. This corresponds to a total reduction of 55% between 2018 and 2030. For its part, the City of Montréal is aiming for a 55% reduction in its GHG emissions by 2030, compared to the 1990 baseline year. In its Climate Plan, the city estimates that it will emit 11,000 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2 eq.) in 2020 ( p.11), which already corresponds to a 30% reduction in emissions compared to 1990.
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