Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

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The Government of Canada has launched its Hydrogen Strategy , a framework that seeks to position Canada as a global hydrogen leader, cementing this low-carbon and zero-emission fuel technology as a key part of a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. billion in a Low-carbon and Zero-emissions Fuels Fund to increase the production and use of low-carbon fuels, including hydrogen. Canada Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Infrastructure Market Background

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ArcelorMittal plans major EAF, DRI investments for decarbonizing steel production in Canada

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ArcelorMittal announced with the Government of Canada its intention for a CAD 1.765-billion (US$1.4-billion) investment in decarbonization technologies at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s plant in Hamilton. Smart Carbon. Canada Emissions Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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Construction of SRC rare earth processing facility in Canada underway

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Construction of the first stage of the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) Rare Earth Processing Facility, which includes a Monazite Processing Unit (MPU) and a Solvent Extraction Unit (SXU), is underway The facility will be the first of its kind in Canada. The first is the concentration of ore to mixed REE Carbonate. The second is the more complex separation stage that converts the mixed REE Carbonate to commercial pure-grade REEs.

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Canada Nickel launches subsidiary to develop zero-carbon production of nickel, cobalt and iron

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Canada Nickel Company Inc. has created a wholly-owned subsidiary, NetZero Metals, to begin the research and development of a processing facility that would be located in the Timmins, Ontario region with the goal of utilizing existing technologies to produce zero-carbon nickel, cobalt and iron products. The electric vehicle industry and many other consumer sectors needs zero-carbon metal this decade—not in a nebulous 2050 timeframe contemplated by many other resource companies.

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Canada releases list of 31 critical minerals; domestic production, global impact

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The government of Canada says that the country can leverage its mining and processing expertise and world leading environmental, social and governance credentials, and become the global supplier of choice for clean and advanced technologies. Canada’s Critical Minerals List.

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Rio Tinto investing $87M to increase low-carbon AP60 aluminum production in Canada

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Rio Tinto is investing US$87 million to increase its low-carbon aluminum production in Canada with 16 new smelting cells at its AP60 smelter, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Québec. Rio Tinto is committed to strengthening its position as a leader in low-carbon, hydro-powered aluminum production to meet the clear demand from our customers in North America and Europe. It produces some of the world’s lowest carbon aluminum with renewable hydropower here in Québec.

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Canada launches hydrogen strategy steering committee

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Canadaa’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced the Hydrogen Strategy Implementation Strategic Steering Committee, which will advance and measure the progress outlined in the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada launched in December 2020. The committee, co-chaired by Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, is composed of senior leaders from across industry, provincial and territorial partners, non-government organizations and Indigenous partners.

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GM to invest nearly $800M to convert CAMI into Canada’s 1st large-scale commercial EV plant; EV600 first

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The investment will enable GM to convert CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale electric delivery vehicles manufacturing plant. It aims to help B2B customers reduce cost of ownership, improve productivity and safety, and improve their carbon footprints and sustainability efforts.

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Government of Canada announces national plan for carbon pricing

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The Government of Canada has proposed a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon emissions; under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018. To accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission targets. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing.

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MIT researchers boost efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

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Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of carbon capture and conversion systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuels

Saskatchewan awarding $31M to create Canada’s first rare earth processing facility at SRC

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It will be the first-of-its-kind in Canada and will begin to establish a Rare Earth Element (REE) supply chain in Saskatchewan, forming an industry model for future commercial REE resource expansion in the province. The first is the concentration of ore to mixed REE Carbonate.

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Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus testing battery-electric MCI D45 CRTe LE coach in Canada

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Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus is the first to test MCI’s first all-electric coach—the MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE, designed for long-range express routes—in Canada. Bus Canada Electric (Battery

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Air Products chooses Haldor Topsoe’s SynCOR technology for world-scale blue hydrogen energy complex in Canada

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Air Products has selected Haldor Topsoe’s low-carbon SynCOR technology for a world-scale net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Canada. Topsoe’s SynCOR technology will enable capture of more than 95% of CO 2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas for the recently announced Air Products facility to be built in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Canada Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, today signed a new cooperation agreement to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels. The transportation sector is the source of nearly a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions and more than 40% of California’s. Canada is currently completing a mid-term review of its light duty vehicle regulations.

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Air Products announces multi-billion dollar net-zero blue hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Alberta

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Industrial gases leader Air Products, and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta, announced a multi-billion dollar plan to build a landmark new net-zero blue hydrogen energy complex.

Canada ZEV sales up 30% in 1H 2019 after launch of federal incentive program

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Sales of all zero-emission vehicles in Canada for the first six months of 2019 are up 30% compared with last year. To support the transition to a low-carbon transportation system, the Government of Canada has set sales targets for new zero-emission vehicles in Canada. Sales targets for new zero-emission vehicles in Canada: 10% of new light-duty vehicle sales by to zero-emission vehicles by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040.

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Hon.

Occidental Petroleum and Chevron invest in direct air carbon capture and synthetic fuels company Carbon Engineering

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Canada-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) CE) has received equity investment from two global energy companies: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation; and Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation. CE’s AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification.

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NR Canada seeking commercialization partner for methane oxidation catalyst

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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking expressions of interest from firms which wish to enter into a commercial licensing arrangement to bring to market its methane oxidation catalyst. NRCan has filed international patent applications in Canada, US, Germany, India and Sweden, for a robust methane oxidation catalyst that reduces unburned methane contained in exhaust streams (methane slip) from lean burn natural gas vehicles/engines. Canada Emissions Engines Natural Gas

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Rio Tinto, Paul Wurth and SHS-Stahl-Holding-Saar partner on low-carbon iron feedstock for steel; HBI from green hydrogen

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KGaA (SHS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the viability of transforming iron ore pellets into low-carbon hot briquetted iron (HBI) (a form of Direct Reduced Iron, DRI), a steel feedstock ( earlier post ) using green hydrogen generated from hydro-electricity in Canada. Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), in which Rio Tinto holds a majority interest, will supply high-grade iron ores and expertise in mining, processing and pelletizing.

C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. new developments of the transformation are reported including use of a nickel super-alloy electrode, critical thermal balance of the process, demonstration of the secondary pure, hot oxygen product, and alkali control of the carbon nanotube structure.

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Rio Tinto and BlueScope to explore low-carbon steelmaking pathways

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Rio Tinto and steel producer BlueScope will work together to explore low-carbon steelmaking pathways using Pilbara iron ores, including the use of clean hydrogen to replace coking coal at BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks. The MOU expands the partnership between the two companies, who were already jointly studying technology to reduce carbon emissions from existing iron and steelmaking processes.

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Two-year study in Canada finds large trucks disproportionately contribute to higher levels of black carbon pollution

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A two-year study led by researchers at the University of Toronto has found large trucks to be the greatest contributors to black carbon emissions close to major roadways. The study will be part of a larger report in December that will stress the importance of implementing long-term monitoring of traffic related air pollution in Canada, and indicating that targeting high-emitting vehicles such as old trucks can provide a path towards improving near-road air quality.

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Canada backs demonstration-scale algal biorefinery project in the oil sands; Algal Carbon Conversion

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The Government of Canada is supporting a three-year project that will result in the construction of a $19-million, demonstration-scale facility in Alberta that will use algae to recycle industrial carbon dioxide emissions from an oil sands facility into commercial products such as biofuels. If proven successful, it can then be used as a model for recycling industrial emissions in the oil sands as well as in other industries across Canada and globally.

Suncor and ATCO partner on potential world-scale hydrogen project in Alberta

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emissions by more than two million tonnes per year, significantly advance Alberta’s hydrogen strategy, generate substantial economic activity and jobs across the province, and make a sizable contribution to Canada’s net zero ambition, the partners said. Suncor Energy is Canada’s leading integrated energy company, with a global team of more than 30,000 people. Canada Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

Canada Launches Algal Biofuels Project

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The government of Canada is awarding approximately C$5 million (US$4.7 A main component to help the algae grow will be carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion. In the project, NRC is collaborating with a number of industrial partners, including Ocean Nutrition Canada in Halifax; Menova Energy Inc. With little more than water and carbon dioxide, algae can harvest sunlight and turn it into energy that could eventually be used to create jet fuel. —

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US DOE, Natural Resources Canada open pilot plant to advance oxy-combustion carbon capture at coal-fired power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) opened a new 1 Megawatt thermal (MW th ) facility to test an advanced process to capture CO 2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. The oxy-PFBC project is part of the continuing collaboration between the US and Canada on clean energy technologies, including CCUS.

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Alcoa to supply sustainable, low-carbon aluminum for wheels on Audi e-tron GT

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Alcoa is supplying aluminum for Audi’s pilot project from a self-developed, innovative smelting process that emits oxygen instead of carbon dioxide.

Shell completes divestment of oil sand interests in Canada; retains Scotford refinery and plants

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Royal Dutch Shell plc announced the completion of two previously announced agreements by Shell Canada Energy, Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Resources (Shell) that will see Shell sell all its in-situ and undeveloped oil sands interests in Canada and reduce its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) from 60% to 10%. Canada Oil sands

Government of Canada to work with provinces, territories, and stakeholders to develop a clean fuel standard

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The Government of Canada will consult with provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, industries, and non-governmental organizations to develop a clean fuel standard. The standard would require reductions in the carbon footprint of the fuels supplied in Canada, based on lifecycle analysis. The approach would not differentiate between crude-oil types produced in or imported into Canada. Canada Emissions Fuels LCFS Regulations

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Canada aligns Tier 3 regulations with US

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Canada has aligned new vehicle and fuel standards with the United States to cut air pollution from on-road vehicles. Canada’s Tier 3 regulations will introduce more stringent air pollutant emission standards for new passenger cars, light-duty trucks and certain heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery vans) starting with the 2017 model year. Canada estimated that by 2030, the Tier 3 vehicle and fuel standards will result in cumulative health and environmental benefits of $7.5

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Canada publishes proposed regulations for criteria pollutants from locomotives

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The Government of Canada has published proposed Locomotive Emissions Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I. This marks Canada’s first regulation of air pollutant emissions from locomotives. CACs include NO x ; particulate matter (PM); hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO); and sulfur oxides (SO x ). Canada and the US are also working together on approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from locomotives under the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council.

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Canada and Alberta to Invest C$865M in Athabasca Oil Sands Carbon Capture and Storage Project

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The provincial government of Alberta and the federal government of Canada will invest C$865 million (US$822 million) in a large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Athabasca oil sands. The province signed a Letter of Intent with Shell Canada Energy, on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project—a joint venture among Shell Canada (60%), Chevron Canada Limited (20%) and Marathon Oil Sands L.P. (20%)—to Overview of the Quest CCS project.

Canada Lithium produces battery-grade lithium carbonate in initial sample shipment to China off-take partner

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Canada Lithium Corp. has successfully produced battery-grade lithium carbonate from its processing plant near Val d’Or, Québec. Initial commissioning of the solvent extraction and bi-carbonate sections of the hydrometallurgical circuit has resulted in the production of a number of batches of 99.5%, 99.6% Canada Lithium is nearing completion of the commissioning phase of an open-pit lithium carbonate mine and processing plant in Lacorne Township near Val d’Or, Quebec.

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Havelaar Canada unveils battery-electric pickup truck

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Havelaar Canada launched the Bison battery-electric pickup truck at the EMC show in Markham, Ontario today. The first all-electric pickup truck designed and tested in Canada, Havelaar’s Bison is built for tough Canadian weather conditions and challenging terrain. The Bison features a carbon fiber reinforced steel space frame, with class-leading torsional stiffness for enhanced durability and handling.

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Government of Canada awards $18.2M for aluminum autoparts and better Li-ion battery management

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The Government of Canada is awarding a total of $18.2 The parts manufactured at this plant will reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. million in a non-repayable contribution will go to GBatteries Energy Canada Inc. The funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund, which funds clean-technology projects, will allow the company to develop longer lasting batteries for electric cars.

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Governments of Canada & Québec award $76.5M to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy for renewable fuel oil from forest residues w/ Ensyn RTP

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The Governments of Canada and Québec will provide $76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy Inc. RTP uses heat to crack carbon-based non-food solid biomass feedstocks (including wood residues) into high yields of a higher-value liquid product. The biocrude will be sold to customers in the Northeastern US and in Eastern Canada for heating purposes and as a renewable feedstock for petroleum refineries for the production of low carbon transportation fuels.

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Canada oil sands producers form alliance to improve environmental performance

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Twelve of Canada’s oil sands producers have formed a new alliance, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), focused on accelerating the pace of improving environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. 80% of the resources in Canada’s oil sands are too deep to mine and can only be accessed using specialized in-situ techniques such as SAGD. Shareholder companies participating in COSIA: BP Canada Energy Company.

Government of Canada approves $11B Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

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The Federal Cabinet of the Government of Canada approved the $11-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG Project following completion of a federal environmental assessment. The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. The project represents one of Canada’s largest resource development projects with a total capital investment of up to $36 billion when accounting for upstream natural gas development.

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Standard Lithium completes proof-of-concept of lithium extraction & crystallization; better than battery-quality lithium carbonate

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Canada-based Standard Lithium Ltd. m 3 /h) from the Lanxess South Plant, which is equivalent to an annual production of between 100-150 tonnes per year of lithium carbonate. Concentration in Lithium Carbonate (ppm).

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Clean Energy and Total to create JV to develop carbon-negative RNG and infrastructure in US; $50M from bp

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will create a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in the United States, as well as credit support to build additional downstream RNG fueling infrastructure. Negative-carbon RNG is produced when carbon emissions are captured from dairies and turned into a transportation fuel, reducing the harmful effects on long-term climate change. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and its largest shareholder, Total S.E.,

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Honda of Canada Mfg. to invest $492M in Ontario manufacturing plants; $83.6M in government grants

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Honda of Canada Mfg. HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., will invest $492 million over the next three years to allow the company to modernize its Ontario manufacturing facilities and to improve its manufacturing carbon footprint significantly—part of Honda’s global initiatives. In 1986, Honda became the first Japanese auto maker to build a manufacturing facility in Canada. million each, representing 17% of Honda Canada’s investment. Honda of Canada Mfg.

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Report finds road transportation sector in Canada likely to fall far short of 2050 GHG emissions reduction target

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A new Conference Board of Canada report finds that Canada is unlikely to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. Even when taking into account reduced distances traveled per vehicle, improvements in fuel efficiency, and greater market penetration of alternative technology vehicles, Canada falls short of the 80-by-50 target. Canada’s road transport emissions were 40% higher in 2013 than in 1990.

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