The Climate Emergency is real and presents an opportunity for Canadian governments, organizations, and citizens to come together and act on commitments to a net-zero future. In recognizing that emergency, we need to align our resources to respond, and structure our partnerships to prioritize urgent action.
What do the experts say about our targets?
Climate Action Tracker
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis that tracks government climate action and measures it against the Paris Agreement. CAT is an initiative of Climate Analytics and New Climate Institute.
As part of its updated assessment, CAT rates Canada's NDC as "highly insufficient", indicating that the NDC is not consistent with holding warming below 2°C, or the 1.5°C consistent with the Paris Agreement.
On Policies & Action, Canada's plans are rated as "highly insufficient". Our domestic targets are rated as "almost sufficient", with our climate finance plans rated as "highly insufficient". In a Fair Share assessment, Canada is rated as "insufficient".
What does the science call for?
The Climate Action Network Canada | Réseau Action Climat Canada is a coalition of more than 100 climate-focused organizations across the country.
They are calling for a national target of at least 60% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and 80% emissions reductions abroad through Canadian support.
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The Race to Zero (RTZ) is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support across various sectors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
Canadian municipalities can join the Cities Race to Zero by recognizing the Climate Emergency, committing to the 1.5ºC limit of the Paris Agreement, creating inclusive, equitable climate action, pledging to reach net-zero in the 2040s or sooner, and explaining what steps will be taken to achieve these pledges.
Joining this campaign creates no additional burden to cities already taking action. Existing reporting mechanisms like PCP/BARC and CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System are recognized by this campaign. Cities that don't currently report their actions can request support through this platform.
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Guide for Cities
CRTZ Info Presentation
Read the Briefing Guide
The first Cities on the Road to Glasgow meeting convened a key group of practitioners, civil servants, and elected leaders within and outside of Canada to discuss the role of Canadian cities as climate leaders at COP26 and beyond.
A second meeting, entitled Cities on the Road to Glasgow: Moving Canada Beyond Pledges, will bring together a key group of leaders from municipal and federal governments, green finance and civil society in order use the opportunity of COP26 to spotlight the work of Canadian cities, strengthen their collective voice, and move beyond climate pledges and towards impactful climate action.
This dialogue will also serve as a rallying point for Canadian cities ahead of COP26, and offer a forum for city-level climate collaboration between these sectors.
Documents from the first meeting
Read the Briefing Dossier from the first meeting.
Read the Final Report from the first meeting.
The 2021 United Nations climate change conference will be taking place in Glasgow, UK. For nearly 30 years, the UN has hosted the 'Conference of Parties (COPs)' as a global climate summit. This year will be the 26th annual summit.
The main conference will be held from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The United Kingdom is hosting this year's summit as President. As such, the Presidency has set certain high level target goals for the conference.
Secure global net-zero and keep the global warming limit of 1.5°C from the Paris Agreement within reach.
The world needs to halve emissions in 10 years. Current global commitments would result in warming above 3°C.
Act on adaptation and support those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Finance and planning needs to be in place, with open communication between nations and protection of natural habitats.
Developed countries must raise at least $100 bn per year in climate finance to support developing nations.
Work with the private sector to unleash trillions in finance and ensure investment decisions are made after accounting for climate.
Finalize the Paris Rulebook and find a solution on carbon markets, resolve issues of transparency, and broker an agreement that drives global ambition.
Turn ambition into action in this decade by fostering cooperation between government, civil society, and the private sector on climate action.