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Capping Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Two years ago, we said that we were going to put in place a world-leading oil and gas pollution cap, and we are delivering on that promise.

All sectors of the economy have a role to play in combatting climate change, including the oil and gas sector — one of few sectors that continue to see an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Yesterday, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, introduced Canada’s draft framework to cap pollution from the oil and gas sector.

This framework established a clear, long-term policy signal that will help create the certainty needed to encourage investment in decarbonizing continued oil and gas production.

This is a cap on pollution, not production, so we’ve outlined our plan to provide the oil and gas sector with the tools they need to reduce their emissions without taking away from the economy.

Canada is already 85% of the way there toward our 2030 emissions reductions target, and with this framework, we’re taking further action to address some of the highest contributing sectors to pollution.

As we continue to work with the draft regulations, we’re inviting Canadians to provide formal written submissions with input to PlanPetrolieretGazier-OilandGasPlan@ec.gc.ca by February 5, 2024.

When it comes to fighting climate change, there is no magic switch. It takes sustained investment and action to ensure that no sector is allowed to endlessly pollute.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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