Clean Energy Targets Canada

Clean Energy Targets Canada (Updated 2021)

Published by Rylan Urban on Nov 1, 2020. Last updated March 11, 2021.

Clean Energy Targets Canada

There are at least 38 federal and provincial clean energy targets in Canada. Twelve provinces and territories have greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, six have renewable energy targets, and nine have other clean energy goals.

Clean energy targets on this page are sorted by the province and territory. Start your clean energy target search by clicking on you jurisdiction below:

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Canada-Wide Climate and Energy Targets

Government of Canada

Canada currently releases approximately 730 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

You can view Canada’s emissions intensity (by population and GDP) on our Clean Energy Data Indicators page.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Federal GHG Reduction Target – Canada has a target to reduce GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and to have a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

Renewable Energy Targets

Other Clean Energy Targets


Provincial Climate and Energy Targets

This table shows the total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions released by the provinces and territories each year. You can view provincial emissions intensity (by population and GDP) on our Clean Energy Data Indicators page.


Alberta

Government of Alberta

Alberta currently releases approximately 273 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • O&G Methane Reduction Target – Alberta has a target to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by 45% below 2014 levels by 2025. However, this only accounts for 70% of Alberta’s methane emissions. The other 30% comes from the agriculture and waste sectors.

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – Alberta has a target to generate 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This includes interim targets of 15% by 2022, 20% by 2025, and 26% by 2028. Alberta also plans to phase out coal by 2030.

British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

British Columbia currently releases approximately 66 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • GHG Reduction Target – British Columbia has a target to reduce GHG emissions by 80% below 2007 levels by 2050. This includes interim targets of 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040.

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Zero Emissions Vehicle Sales Target – British Columbia has a target for zero-emission vehicles to make up 100% of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2040. This includes an interim target of 30% by 2030 and 10% by 2025.
  • Building Efficiency Target – British Columbia has a goal to make all new buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. This includes interim targets for new homes to be built 20% more energy efficiency by 2022, 40% by 2027, and 80% by 2032.
  • Low-Carbon Fuel Target– British Columbia has a target of increasing their low-carbon fuel standard to 20% by 2030..

Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba

Manitoba currently releases approximately 22 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Manitoba does not have a formal GHG reduction target. Instead, it aims to reduce cumulative emissions by using a Carbon Savings Account. For the period 2018-2022, an expert advisory council recommended that Manitoba set a goal of reducing GHG emissions by 1Mt.

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Energy Efficiency Target – Manitoba has a goal of improving electricity energy efficiency by 1.5% annually and gas energy efficiency by 0.75% annually.

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick currently releases approximately 13 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – New Brunswick has a target to reduce total GHG emissions to 14.8Mt by 2020 (this has been achieved), 10.7Mt by 2030, and 5Mt by 2050. These targets are not yet reported as a percent reduction target.

Renewable Energy Targets

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Electric Vehicle Sales Target – New Brunswick has a target to have 2,500 electric vehicles on the road by 2020. By the end of 2019, it only had 429 electric vehicles on the road.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador currently releases approximately 11 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – Newfoundland and Labrador has a target to reduce emissions by 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050. This includes interim targets of 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories currently release approximately 1.2 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – Northwest Territories has set and reached their target to reduce GHG emissions to 2005 levels by 2030. They now have a goal to reduce electricity generation emissions in diesel communities by 25% by 2030, and reduce transportation emissions by 10% on a per person basis.

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – Northwest Territories has a target to increase the share of renewable energy used for space heating to 40% by 2030.

Other Clean Energy Targets


Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia currently releases approximately 17 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – Nova Scotia has a target to reduce GHG emissions by 53% below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – Nova Scotia has a target to reduce emissions in the electricity sector by 55% by 2030. Nova Scotia has a goal to generate 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. However, this goal has been extended to 2022 due to covid-19.

Energy Efficiency Targets

  • Indigenous Energy Efficiency Target – The Mi’kmaw Home Energy Efficiency project has the goal of providing energy efficiency upgrades to 80% of the 2,400 band-owned homes on the reserves by 2030.

Nunavut

Government of Nunavut

Alberta currently releases approximately 0.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Nunavut has not have any greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Other Clean Energy Targets


Ontario

Government of Ontario

Ontario currently releases approximately 165 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Clean Fuels Target – Ontario has new regulations to ensure fuel suppliers blend renewable content, such as ethanol, in gasoline to 11% 2025, 13% in 2028 and 15% in 2030.

Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island currently releases approximately 1.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Energy Efficiency Target – Prince Edward Island has a target to meet 2% of electricity load and fuel oil sales through energy efficiency annually.

Québec

Transition energetique Quebec

Quebec currently releases approximately 83 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – Quebec has a target to increase renewable energy output by 25% and bio-energy production by 50% by 2030.
  • Fossil Fuel Reduction Target – Quebec also has a target to eliminate the use of thermal coal and reduce petroleum product consumption by 40% by 2030.

Other Clean Energy Targets


Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan currently releases approximately 76 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • O&G Methane Reduction Target – Saskatchewan has a target to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry by 4.5 million CO2e annually by 2025.

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – Saskatchewan aims to generate up to 50% of electricity from renewable resources by 2030.

Yukon Territory

Government of Yukon

The Yukon Territory currently releases approximately 0.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year (tCO2e).

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – The Yukon has a target to reduce GHG emissions 30% below 2010 levels by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – The Yukon has a target to generate 97% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The Yukon also has a target to meet 50% of heating demand with renewable sources by 2030.

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