Clean Energy Targets Canada (Updated 2020)

There are at least 36 federal and provincial clean energy targets in Canada. Twelve provinces and territories have greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, eight have renewable energy targets, and eight 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

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada’s climate strategy is outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Alongside this plan, Canada has set 4 clean energy goals.

The Federal Government has also implemented:

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


Alberta

Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta’s climate strategy is outlined in their Climate Leadership Plan. Alongside this plan, Alberta has set 2 clean energy goals.

The Government of Alberta has also implemented:

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

The Government of British Columbia’s climate strategy is outlined in CleanBC. Alongside this plan, British Columbia has set 3 clean energy goals.

The Government of British Columbia has also implemented:

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.

Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba’s climate strategy is outlined in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Alongside this plan, Manitoba has set 1 clean energy goal.

The Government of Manitoba has also implemented:

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

The Government of New Brunswick’s climate strategy is outlined in their Climate Change Action Plan. Alongside this plan, New Brunswick has set 3 clean energy goals.

The Government of New Brunswick has also implemented:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

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

Renewable Energy Targets

  • Renewable Energy Target – New Brunswick a goal to have 40% of in-province electricity sales come from renewable sources by 2020. It has achieved this target, and has not yet announced a new one.

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

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s climate strategy is outlined in The Way Forward. Alongside this plan, Newfoundland and Labrador has set 1 clean energy goal.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has also implemented:

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 Government of Northwest Territories’ climate strategy is outlined in its 2030 Climate Change Strategic Framework and 2030 Energy Strategy. Alongside these plans, the Northwest Territories has set 3 clean energy goals.

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

The Government of Nova Scotia’s climate strategy is outlined in their Climate Change Action Plan. Alongside this plan, Nova Scotia has set 2 clean energy goals.

The Government of Nova Scotia has also implemented:

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.

Nunavut

Government of Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut’s climate strategy is outlined in The Way Forward. Alongside this plan, Nunavut has set 1 clean energy goal.

The Government of Nunavut has also implemented:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Nunavut has not have any greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Other Clean Energy Targets


Ontario

Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario’s climate strategy is outlined in the Made in Ontario Environment Plan. Alongside this plan, Ontario has set 3 clean energy goals.

The Government of Ontario has also implemented:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target – Ontario has a target to reduce GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

The Government of Prince Edward Island’s climate strategy is outlined in their Climate Action Plan and Provincial Energy Strategy. Alongside this plan, PEI has set 2 clean energy goals.

The Government of Prince Edward Island has also implemented:

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

The Government of Quebec’s climate strategy is outlined in their Climate Action Plan and 2030 Energy Strategy. Alongside this plan, Quebec has set 4 clean energy goals.

The Government of Quebec has also implemented:

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

SaskPower

The Government of Saskatchewan’s climate strategy is outlined in Climate Resilience in Saskatchewan. Alongside this plan, Saskatchewan has set 4 clean energy goals.

The Government of Saskatchewan has also implemented:

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.

Other Clean Energy Targets

  • Energy Efficiency Target – In Saskatchewan’s 2019 Climate Resilience Report, they claim to have a target to reduce peak power demand by 14 MW and save 87 GWh of energy by 2030 through energy efficiency and conservation programs. However, this target is not included in their 2020 report, and no update on progress has been given since 2017-2018.

Yukon Territory

Government of Yukon

The Government of Yukon’s climate strategy is outlined in Our Clean Future. Alongside this plan, the Yukon has set 3 clean energy goals.

The Government of Yukon has also implemented:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

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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Rish
6 days ago

Amazing summary! Very helpful