Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for

Beaches-East York

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for

Beaches-East York


Introducing a bill to Reduce Emissions to Net Zero by 2050

Recently in the House of Commons I introduced a bill to require that Canada reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.

We’ve made significant and meaningful progress in tackling climate change, but greater ambition is now required to meet our international, intergenerational, and moral obligations.

The science demands greater ambition, including a 2050 net zero target.

The IPCC found that “in model pathways with no or limited overshoot of 1.5 °C, global net anthropogenic C02 emissions decline by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050.”

Our international allies have already begun the hard work.

In early May, the United Kingdom’s independent Committee on Climate Change published their roadmap to net zero emissions by 2050.

Late last year, the European Commission published a strategic long-term vision for going climate-neutral by 2050, and in March of this year, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to reach net zero by 2050.

Our government has taken significant climate action to date, including methane rules to slash emissions by 45%, a price on pollution, leadership to phase out coal, and major investments in public transit, energy efficiency, clean technologies, a zero emission vehicle strategy, and more.

We need to protect this progress, but also to build upon it.

That means greater ambition in our targets, independent accountability mechanisms to assess our progress, and stronger climate action.

A 2050 net zero target is a central part of that first step, towards greater ambition based on the best science we have.

The Toronto Star article outlining my work is available here.