In an attempt to slow climate change, the Canadian government has announced plans to raise pipe sizes and increase the number of electric utilities, as part of its effort to tackle the country’s worsening air quality.
The changes come in the wake of a government-commissioned study that found Canada is one of the world’s worst air polluters when it comes to reducing emissions.
Canada’s carbon emissions have reached an all-time high in 2017, with emissions soaring to nearly 1.5 million metric tons of CO2e, compared to 1.3 million metric ton in 2016.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also found that Canada’s emissions are on track to increase by about 30% by 2030, while emissions from other industrialized countries will increase by just 8%.
Canada is one the biggest emitters of CO₂ in the world.
In 2017, it emitted 4.5 gigatons of CO02e, more than every other country except the United States.
In addition to raising the number and types of power plants, the government is also planning to increase the pipe sizes of existing power plants by as much as 10%.
The plan, announced Monday by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, calls for the addition of new gas pipelines and coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions from the country.
McKenna said the plan is designed to address Canada’s carbon problem by helping to reduce Canada’s reliance on foreign energy sources and by lowering Canada’s dependence on imported fuels.
She said the government would also invest $1.5 billion in energy efficiency measures, including the purchase of more energy efficient appliances and the construction of a $100 million plant to help with energy consumption.
The plant will be used for reducing CO2 emissions by about half.
Energy Minister McKenna said she was encouraged by the report’s findings that Canada has the world most stringent emissions standards, with an average annual emissions reduction of 3.5% from 2016 to 2040.
She added that Canada would continue to work with the international community to reduce its COe levels.