B.C. adds much-needed teeth to climate planPembina Institute reacts to Climate Change Accountability Act amendments

Oct. 30, 2019

CleanBC plan release

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman speaks at the release of the CleanBC plan in 2018. Photo: Stephen Hui, Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER / MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH & TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORIES — Pembina Institute directors Karen Tam Wu and Josha MacNab made the following statements in response to the B.C. government’s introduction of climate accountability legislation:

“By strengthening the Climate Change Accountability Act with first-of-its-kind legislation in North America, the B.C. government is showing real leadership in responding to the climate emergency. The government’s willingness to be held accountable for its progress on climate change is worthy of commendation.

“We applaud the government for taking concrete steps to break the cycle of setting goals and missing them. These changes will allow anyone to track the province’s progress in the short term, including by sector, and help ensure we stay on track toward achieving B.C.’s long-term vision. We can no longer afford to miss our climate targets.

“The improved Climate Change Accountability Act provides transparency on B.C.’s progress toward climate goals, regardless of the government in power. With this legislation, British Columbians will have greater confidence that gains made today are safeguarded tomorrow and built upon moving forward.”

— Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute

“Last week, the majority of Canadians voted for federal parties committed to ambitious climate action. Accountability mechanisms are an important tool to ensure we make real progress on a high-priority issue for Canadians.

“The reforms put forward by the B.C. government should form a blueprint for transparency and accountability on climate action at the federal level. This will be an essential step in moving past partisan climate politics, supporting growth and investment in a thriving clean economy, and ensuring that Canada is doing its fair share to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

— Josha MacNab, national strategy director, Pembina Institute

The improved Climate Change Accountability Act provides transparency on B.C.’s progress toward climate goals, regardless of the government in power.

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Quick facts

  • B.C.’s carbon pollution in 2017: 64.5 million tonnes (carbon dioxide equivalent).
  • B.C.’s carbon pollution target for 2030: 38.9 million tonnes.
  • B.C.’s carbon pollution target for 2040: 25.9 million tonnes.
  • B.C.’s carbon pollution target for 2050: 13 million tonnes.
  • To meet its 2030 target, B.C. needs to reduce carbon pollution by 25.6 million tonnes.


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Stephen Hui
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