Canada needs a robust cap on oil & gas emissions.
As climate disasters wreak havoc across the country and around the world, emissions are still climbing from Canada’s biggest polluter: the oil and gas industry.
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change paints a stark picture of how rising greenhouse gas emissions are devastating our communities and environment, and it will only get worse if we don’t cut emissions much deeper and faster.
But we can still change course and avoid the worst.
An ambitious emissions cap could be a game-changer — but only if it's done right.
Right now, the government of Canada is developing plans for an emissions cap on oil and gas.
Canada needs an emissions cap that:
Comes with strong support for workers and communities
Aligns with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C
Reflects the oil and gas sector’s fair share of climate action in Canada
Favours early and ambitious emissions reductions
Reduces absolute emissions (not just carbon intensity or through reliance on offsets)
Covers all emissions across the supply chain - including from burning the fossil fuels abroad, which companies and Canada shirk responsibility for but which account for more pollution than Canada’s total domestic emissions
Does not include any loopholes to let polluters off the hook
Upholds Indigenous rights and sovereignty
Canada is one of the world's biggest polluters.
This means we have both the responsibility and the power to make a difference through serious, rapid emissions cuts.
We have the opportunity to become a leader rather than a laggard on the world stage; to create good, safe jobs in our communities; to protect the air we breathe and water we drink; to build a society in which everyone can thrive.
Canadians are ready to act — but oil & gas is holding us back.
People are working hard to adopt greener lifestyles. Workers are eager for skills training and renewable energy jobs. Some sectors, like electricity, have already managed substantial emissions cuts.
But we’re being held back by one sector that’s not pulling its weight.
Despite the clear and urgent need to leave fossil fuels in the ground, oil and gas executives are still planning to expand production, pocketing increased profits as the rest of us bear the costs of disaster.
That's why we're calling on polluters to do their fair share.