Canada delivers on commitment to appoint an independent net-zero advisory body

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Net-Zero Advisory Body Co-Chairs. Photos of Marie-Pierre Ippersiel and Dan Wicklum
Net-Zero Advisory Body Co-Chairs, Marie-Pierre Ippersiel and Dan Wicklum

Canadians expect us to take action to address climate change and grow a cleaner, more competitive economy. As we increasingly move to a low-carbon world, achieving net-zero emissions in Canada by 2050 will help us do exactly that.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, launched the Net-Zero Advisory Body, an independent group of 14 experts from across the country, who will provide the Government of Canada with advice on the best pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The Advisory Body is a key part of the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act tabled in the House of Commons last fall, which would enshrine Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 into law.

The Advisory Body is comprised of 14 individuals with a diverse range of experience and expertise in business, policymaking, science and other areas, who will consult with Canadians and advise the Government of Canada . The group’s initial work will include a focus on identifying actions that set a strong foundation for achieving net-zero emissions while also growing the economy and enabling a strong and resilient economic recovery following the pandemic.

Reaching net-zero emissions will require support from all parts of society and there is no one way to achieve this goal. That’s why the Advisory Body will follow a transparent and inclusive process to engage with and hear from provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, youth, businesses, environmental groups, and interested Canadians.

The Advisory Body will be a permanent resource. Its ongoing role will be to ensure its advice remains aligned with and adapts to the best available analysis, research, technological changes, scientific developments, and public perspectives. The Advisory Body’s independent public reports and recommendations will inform the development of the emission-reduction milestone plans required by the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.

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