Posted on May 7, 2018 (updated: June 19, 2019)

STATEMENT: New pollution targets risk being a ‘fig leaf’ for inaction without an overhaul of B.C.’s climate laws, says Ecojustice

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice’s Alan Andrews issued the following statement regarding the Government of British Columbia’s introduction of new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets for 2030 and 2040:

“Today’s announcement of new carbon targets for 2030 and 2040 is a big step towards regaining lost ground on climate change, but it is too thin on detail to give us any real reassurance.

In the 10 years since B.C.’s climate law was first introduced we have had a succession of broken promises and missed targets — and nothing in today’s announcement suggests the next 10 years will be any different.

While renaming the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act the Climate Change Accountability Act, the B.C. government has quietly scrapped the 2020 target, effectively removing any risk of being held to account for its part in B.C.’s failure to reduce emissions to at least 33% below 2007 levels.

If the Government of British Columbia truly wants to get the province ‘back on track’ and regain credibility on climate it will need to do more than simply introduce targets. B.C.’s climate laws need a complete overhaul to ensure that politicians and industry are accountable for taking action that delivers real progress in tackling climate change.

The Government needs to come forward as soon as possible — and before any further decisions are taken on LNG Canada —with additional targets for industry, detailed rules requiring effective action plans, oversight by an independent climate watchdog, and a robust enforcement regime.”

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