The following is a guest post from Solar Share that discusses how Canada can achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, particularly focusing on the efforts of two Canadian municipalities– Vancouver and Oxford County, which have already implemented strategies to reach 100% by 2050.
Under the Harper Government, Canada had been known as a climate laggard around the globe, especially after withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol four years ago. But, with a new government that has climate change on its agenda, Canada has reason to be optimistic!
Excitement is high for COP21, which began on November 30, where it has been declared that based on an agreement at COP17 in Durban, South Africa, the world would agree to a new global climate deal in 2015, which would take effect in 2020 and include targets from all countries to cut and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior to Justin Trudeau becoming PM, Canada had committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2100. But based on climate science, in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (the internationally recognized threshold), emissions from fossil fuels need to be eliminated by mid-century. This target is gaining increasing attention. Earlier this year, the City of Vancouver and Oxford County both committed to 100% renewable energy by 2050… Read more on Solar Share’s blog
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