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March 25, 2022 – Gatineau, Quebec
Rapidly reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the fastest, most cost-effective things we can do to fight climate change, protect our environment, and keep our air clean. It is also an essential part of Canada’s plan to reduce emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Canada has been an international leader in reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector and was the first country in the world to commit to at least a 75 percent methane reduction from the sector by 2030, a goal recommended in the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero by 2050 roadmap.
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, today launched the Government of Canada’s consultations to seek input from the provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industry, and interested stakeholders to inform the design of tougher regulations to achieve at least a 75 percent reduction in methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 2030.
Building on Canada’s progress in lowering methane emissions to date, Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking input on a number of key topics to cut emissions further, including:
Anyone interested in submitting comments on the Discussion Paper – Reducing Methane Emissions from Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector may do so by May 25, 2022. Input the Government of Canada receives will help inform the draft regulations to be published in early 2023.
“Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the fastest, least expensive steps we can take to achieve our climate goals here in Canada and internationally under the Global Methane Pledge. More ambitious action on methane emissions can help spur clean technology innovations, improve air quality to reduce smog, and provide Canada’s oil and gas sector with an opportunity to showcase its leadership in responsible energy production.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Reducing methane—a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide—is critical to achieving our emissions reductions goals. Our government is committed to reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by developing and deploying clean technologies and best practices at home and abroad.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)
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