Target: Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair, Ottawa Environment Committee
Goal: Support plan to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement energy efficiency standards for new buildings.
Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 80 percent of 2012 levels by 2050 should a groundbreaking set of climate protection goals proposed by the Ottawa Environment Committee be approved. The initiative has the support of the city mayor, who under the plan would join the Compact of Mayors, an international group of city directors combating climate change. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who attended the Paris Climate Conference to push for more aggressive global warming reduction targets, has also voiced support for the plan.
Greenhouse gas emissions trap the sun’s heat within Earth’s atmosphere, and are the single largest contributor to global warming since the mid-20th century. They are produced by the burning of coal and fossil fuels, the production of coal, natural gas, and oil, and as a byproduct of the agriculture industry. Second only to Alberta, Ontario is the largest producer of these emissions in Canada. Should the plan be approved, 50-100 megatonnes of annual emissions could be cut by 2050.
The plan, which would also include the implementation of minimum energy efficiency standards in all new buildings, is one of the most aggressive in North America. Should it be approved, these major changes will benefit the global environment and set a precedent for strong and ambitious climate goals. Sign the petition below to support the Ottawa Environment Committee’s plans for a more environmentally friendly capital.
Dear Councillor Chernushenko,
A plan recently announced by the Ottawa Environment Committee would see an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, using 2012 levels as a starting point. If approved, experts will be brought in to lay out a concrete plan to reach the goals, which would include new minimum energy efficiency standards for all new buildings. The plan could result in 50-100 fewer megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Not only will the plan help restore the health of the global environment, but could set a precedent as one of North America’s most ambitious climate goals that other cities across the world may follow. We, the undersigned, support your plan to become a leader in climate protection, and ask that you do everything possible to ensure that it becomes a success.
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