On December 10, 2008, the Ontario government released its first annual report (which covers 2007-2008) regarding the province’s Climate Change Action Plan. The report outlines the province’s progress toward meeting its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets of 6% below 1990 levels by 2014, 15% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The report indicates that Ontario’s 2006 emissions were below 2004 levels, largely due to the closure of the Lakeview coal-fired generating station, but still significantly above 1990 levels. The annual report also highlights a number of Ontario’s key initiatives to reduce GHG emissions, including its plans to protect 225,000 square kilometres of Ontario’s Far North Boreal region, which has significant carbon storage capacity; its continued commitment to contracting for new renewable power generation; and its plans to have 902 kilometres of rail and light transit built in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
In his review of the annual report, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario states that, given these initiatives, Ontario’s 2014 target is achievable.
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