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

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.


  • 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.


“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



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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