In 2016, Canada released the first-ever national climate plan – the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change – jointly developed by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The measures in the Pan-Canadian Framework are projected to make significant progress in helping Canada reach its 2030 goal of a 30% reduction below 2005 levels. In December 2020, the Government of Canada released its strengthened federal climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. The plan contains 64 strengthened and new federal policies, programs and investments to cut pollution and build a stronger, cleaner, more resilient and inclusive economy. Building on the measures included in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the proposed actions outlined in the strengthened climate plan will – once fully implemented – enable Canada to exceed its current 2030 target.
Canada has also committed to achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. To set Canada on a path to achieve a prosperous net-zero emissions future by 2050, the Government of Canada introduced the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, in Parliament on November 19, 2020. The act will formalize Canada's target to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050, and establish a series of interim emissions reduction targets at 5-year milestones towards that goal.
Renewable produced hydrogen is fast moving from the category "emerging" to "established." At least 10 countries are already jostling for leadership positions in what some see as the next big thing in energy.
“In theory this industry could reach the scale of oil and gas, but with very low emissions and significant value for electricity grids [by] helping to integrate variable renewable energy,” said Paul Ebert, group vice president of new energy and networks at consultancy Worley.
- Jason Deign Freelance reporting on cleantech, energy, technology and the future Dec 3, 2019
Green and Blue hydrogen are the only green energy sources that have the ability to de-carbonize our economy, and to achieve the goal of Net-Zero by 2050.