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  • Net-Zero Advisory Body provides advice for Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan

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    Ottawa, March 21, 2022 –The Net-Zero Advisory Body, established under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act with a mandate to provide the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with independent advice with respect to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, is pleased to release its submission to inform Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan.

    Our submission provides advice on specific improvements to existing federal programs and proposes new measures that the Government of Canada should consider to help achieve its 2030 target of a 40 to 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels.

    The advice in this submission is grounded in the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s five foundational values and five design principles set out in our first publication, Net-Zero Pathways: Initial Observations, and is informed by our engagement, analysis and deliberations. As requested by the federal Ministers of Environment and Climate Change and Natural Resources, the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s submission also provides key guiding principles to inform the Government’s development of quantitative five-year emissions reduction targets for the oil and gas sector.

    The Net-Zero Advisory Body would like to acknowledge the contributions from hundreds of individuals, businesses, governments and organizations that participated in our engagement process. The ideas and perspectives that were shared with us helped inform our thinking and advice. The Net-Zero Advisory Body will continue to engage Canadians in the months and years ahead.

    Highlights

    • This submission represents the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s independent advice for Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. It is focused on the four lines of inquiry that we set for our first year: governance; buildings; transportation; and, oil and gas.
    • We have identified 40 pieces of advice across our four lines of inquiry to inform federal decision-making to help reduce Canada’s GHG emissions by 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.
    • Our submission also provides advice on key guiding principles to help inform the development of quantitative five-year emission reduction targets for the oil and gas sector, as requested by the federal Ministers of Environment and Climate Change and Natural Resources.
    • To inform our advice, the Net-Zero Advisory Body conducted a range of engagement activities over the course of summer and fall 2021 and early 2022, including hosting briefings and roundtable discussions with a range of decision-makers and experts, including labour representatives, Indigenous organizations, oil and gas companies, and non-governmental organizations. We also received over 1,200 submissions and comments through our website.
    • A summary of what was heard through the NZAB’s engagement activities will be published on our website in April 2022.

    Quotes

    “Canada is past the point where incremental adjustments are good enough - achieving our country’s 2030 emissions reduction target is critical after decades of missing the mark. The Net-Zero Advisory Body’s advice for Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan identifies concrete steps that the Government of Canada should take to close the gap to achieve its 2030 target, while supporting the most likely pathways for Canada to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

    -Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair

    We are pleased to provide our advice to Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan for 2030. The climate crisis and achieving net-zero is not just an environmental issue – it touches all parts of society. Shared leadership, where everyone contributes in their areas of decision-making and influence, is imperative to getting Canada on track to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.”

    -Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair

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    About

    • The Net-Zero Advisory Body is a non-partisan group of experts established under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act with a mandate to provide the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with independent advice with respect to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, including greenhouse gas targets and plans to achieve the targets. The Net-Zero Advisory Body also has a mandate to engage Canadians on net-zero emissions.

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  • NZAB attends COP26 in Glasgow

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    The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP, is an opportunity to forge connections with climate leaders and experts from around the world. The Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB) was proud to participate in the 26th COP in its inaugural year.

    COP26 was held in Glasgow, Scotland from November 1 – 12, 2021 after being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NZAB co-chairs, Dan Wicklum and Marie-Pierre Ippersiel attended COP26 as members of the Canadian delegation.

    At COP26, the Government of Canada announced a commitment to cap and cut emissions from the oil and gas sector. As part of this commitment, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, have asked the NZAB for independent advice on key guiding principles to help set targets for the oil & gas sector .

    Highlights

    • Co-chairs met with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson to discuss the ministers’ request for the NZAB to provide independent advice on capping and cutting emissions from the oil and gas sector.
    • Co-chairs also spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    • The International Climate Councils Network launched publicly on the first day of COP26 with a panel discussion featuring the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices (CICC), among others, and a statement on the contributions of climate advisory bodies to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
      • The NZAB and the CICC will be co-chairing the ICCN in 2022 along with councils from France and Guatemala.
    • The NZAB, the CICC, and the Ivey Foundation co-hosted an informal gathering at COP26 with guests from the Canadian delegation and the ICCN.
    • The NZAB met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to discuss the critical role of cites and towns in achieving a resilient and prosperous net-zero future.

    Quotes

    “COP is the most significant event on the international climate calendar and expectations for this year were high. It was important for the NZAB to participate in COP26 to promote its values and principles, learn from the experiences of others around the globe, and form new connections.”

    Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

    “The NZAB had a successful and productive COP26. We were pleased to speak with Canadian and international participants about the most likely pathways to net-zero. We look forward to giving practical, actionable advice that will accelerate the development and implementation of pathways to a net-zero Canada.”

    Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

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  • CICC-NZAB event: Securing prosperity in a net-zero world demands ‘urgency’

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    A changing climate and global economic trends are already having major impacts across Canada. To thrive in this new world, along with honouring Canada’s commitment to reaching net-zero by 2050, the country must find ways to transition to a net-zero society while securing economic prosperity.

    The Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB) and Canadian Institute for Climate Choices (CICC) co-hosted an event, Canada’s Net-Zero Economy: Securing Prosperity in a Net-Zero World, on October 25, 2021, aimed at doing just that.

    By spotlighting 15 speakers with diverse backgrounds in business, environment, and governance, the discussions highlighted key considerations and practical ideas for pathways that Canada can take to tackle the toughest policy question of the decade. The theme of ‘urgency’ was prominent throughout the 4-hour event. The live panel discussions, individual interviews, video messages, and real-time questions posed by Canadians from around the country provided a platform for frank exchanges and knowledge building.

    This important event has set the stage and expectations for Canada’s participation at COP26 in Glasgow and for Canada’s own net-zero plans. It marks an important start to a long-term discussion.

    Highlights

    • The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s new Minister of Natural Resources (previously Minister of Environment and Climate Change), stressed the importance of being proactive in our mission against climate change: “[the] situation is urgent; our runaway is short… being competitive means being at the forefront”.
    • Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK’s Climate Change Committee shared lessons learned from the UK, which has reduced carbon emissions by nearly 50 percent since 1990. “We’re beyond ‘sexy’ new targets: implementing targets and delivery is the new mantra”.
    • NZAB co-chairs Marie-Pierre Ippersiel and Dan Wicklum highlighted the 10 values and principles that will guide the NZAB’s work in developing advice on net-zero pathways, and took questions from the virtual audience.
    • Officials from the CICC presented their recent report, Sink or Swim, which assesses the implications of the global low-carbon transition for Canada’s economy, and the strategies that can be used to manage risks, seize opportunities, and drive clean, strong, and inclusive growth.
    • Session 4: The Business of Net-Zero, led by leaders from the energy, transportation, and buildings sectors, looked at ways to ensure Canada remains industrially competitive. There was consensus that a positive transition puts job security and economic prosperity at the centre of decision-making, with the private sector helping to lead the charge.
    • Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, a member of the NZAB and Regional Chief for Yukon, Assembly of First Nations, spoke of the necessity to respect Indigenous rights, climate leadership, and knowledge in charting pathways to net-zero.

    Quotes

    “Net-zero is not just an environmental policy. It is about the entire economy and requires reimagining society’s structure and systems. And we have no time to wait. The science tells us what must be done and we have an obligation to act.”

    Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

    “Our mission is clear: to provide the federal Minister of Environment with independent advice on achieving net-zero by 2050. We also have the mandate to engage Canadians across the country about our work.”

    Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

    “The pressing urgency of climate change is real, and it’s not going away—it’s only going to get stronger. The question isn’t whether the world is going to net-zero. The question is whether Canada will lead or be left behind. So we need to ensure, as Canadians, that our future is positioned for success in this new net-zero economy.”

    Rick Smith, President of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

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  • Special Event: October 25, 2021

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    Canada’s Net-Zero Economy: Securing Prosperity in a Net-Zero World

    A pan-Canadian conference on the risks and opportunities ahead

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    Event details:

    Monday, October 25, 2021, from 1pm – 5pm (ET)

    Presented by:

    The Net-Zero Advisory Body and The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

  • Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body releases initial observations on pathways to net-zero

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    OTTAWA, July 6, 2021—Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body is proud to release our first publication, Net-Zero Pathways: Initial Observations. In this summary of net-zero pathways work completed domestically and internationally, we identify 10 values and principles that we believe should guide the development of transition pathways for Canada that are the most likely to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Achieving this target is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and avoid the most catastrophic and irreversible impacts of climate change. Climate change is already having significant impacts on communities and people’s livelihoods, both in Canada and around the world. There are opportunities now to reduce and manage the risks of a climate crisis and ensure a prosperous, healthier, fairer and more secure future for all.

    Net-Zero Pathways: Initial Observations is developed specifically to be accessible to all Canadians who wish to learn more about pathways to net-zero emissions. It will also help ground the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s future engagement and analysis.

    The release of this publication concludes the first chapter of our mandate. The Net-Zero Advisory Body looks forward to receiving feedback and reflections on the content of this report.


    Highlights

    • This summary report reveals key reflections from discussions during our first three months with leading Canadian and international experts.
    • Canada must act decisively. The urgency of the problem and the severity of potential impacts are a call to action and a clear case to do more. Canada is part of an integrated and complicated world, and must keep pace with global momentum. Much of the world is currently moving faster than Canada. As the world economy is rapidly being re-built around a green economy, inaction will result in lost opportunities for new jobs and sustainable prosperity for Canadians.
    • By following all ten of the values and principles, Canada could not only achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but also see a fairer, healthier, and more prosperous future for all Canadians. To realize these benefits, all parts of society must act urgently and decisively, working together across sectors, regions, and communities.
    • The Net-Zero Advisory Body is ready to launch into our ambitious agenda, which will include setting our lines of inquiry, engaging Canadians, and developing advice for the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the foundational building blocks to achieve net-zero by 2050.


    Quotes

    “The only way to net-zero is together. I want to thank the members of the Net-Zero Advisory Body and everyone who graciously offered their time and knowledge in meeting with us. I look forward to engaging more broadly across Canada in the months ahead, and identifying ways for us to come together to achieve net-zero by 2050.”

    - Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair

    “These 10 values and principles represent an important foundation and forward direction for Canada and the Net-Zero Advisory Body. We look forward to working with solution oriented people and organizations in Canada and from around the world, to generate the ideas and system-level solutions that will help set Canada on a path to achieving its 2030 emissions reduction targets, and meeting its goal of attaining net-zero emissions by 2050.”

    - Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair


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    About

    The Net-Zero Advisory Body is a new apolitical group of 14 diverse experts from across Canada that was launched in February 2021. We are mandated to engage Canadians and provide independent advice on the most likely pathways for Canada to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as well as on interim emissions reduction milestones, like 2030.


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