Canada Can Make Huge Climate Gains by Cleaning Up Transportation Sector: Experts

January 4, 2017 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

emissionsCanada’s transportation emissions are mainly from vehicles on the road. Personal vehicles — cars and light trucks — account for half of all emissions in the sector and freight trucks are an additional 32 per cent. Aviation, rail, marine shipping and recreational vehicles make up the balance.

If we are serious about meeting our climate targets and we are committed to action to do so, decarbonizing our transportation is one effective way and electric vehicles provide an opportunity to do that,” Suzanne Goldberg, director of research at Simon Fraser University’s Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team (START), told DeSmog Canada.

The International Energy Agency estimates to avoid increasing the average global temperature by more than two degrees — the Paris Agreement target — sales of electric vehicles must exceed 40 per cent of all vehicle sales by 2040.

Goldberg and START analyzed federal and provincial policies that directly or indirectly affect electric vehicles sales in Canada and found no province will hit the agency’s proposed target.

Read Canada Can Make Huge Climate Gains by Cleaning Up Transportation Sector: Experts by Derek Leahy at desmogcanada.

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Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Energy.

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