The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 77



Burlington, Windsor, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste.
Marie have suffered extreme storms and
devastating floods. Severe heat and drought
have crimped water supplies and damaged
crops.
O N TA R I O ’ S C A R B O N F O OT P R I N T:
BEYOND THE REPORTED NUMBERS
O N TA R I O ’ S C A R B O N F O OT P R I N T:
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Ontarians have high emissions per person,
compared to most people around the world,
even those in other rich northern countries.
Ontario has set targets to reduce provincial GHG
emissions (carbon footprint) by:

6% below 1990 levels by 2014;

15% below 1990 levels by 2020;
And these emission numbers underestimate
our true carbon footprint, because they leave
out:

37% below 1990 levels by 2030; and


80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

These targets, while ambitious, are consistent
with those of other countries and are amply
justified by climate science. According to the
official international method of calculation,
Ontario met its 2014 target, mostly by closing
coal-fired power generating stations. Meeting
future targets will be harder. By 2020, Ontario
has to reduce emissions a further 15 megatonnes
(Mt) (18.5 Mt compared to business as usual), a
bigger and faster reduction than the 12 Mt
reduced from 1990 to 2014.

Ontario still depends on fossil fuels for 80% of
its energy. Although industry, homes and
commercial buildings are major emitters,
transportation is Ontario’s largest and fastest
growing share of GHG emissions.
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the full impact of some emissions, such
as methane and black carbon (soot);
the emissions caused by consuming
things grown or made outside the
province; and
the emissions caused through
international aviation and shipping.

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