Canada’s Place at the Climate Table

Canada contributes less than 2% of the world’s total GHG emissions. Criticism of Canada’s progressive stance towards reducing emissions is often based on comparative analyses, especially with respect to the world’s largest emitters: China, the US, and India among them. The chart below displays the importance of Canada’s place at the table:
The chart, based on 2017 data, shows that there are quite a few other countries with similar emissions profiles to Canada’s. Excluding the three aforementioned countries and the “Rest of the World”, those with emissions of more than 1% of the global total add up to a cumulative total of greater than 25%. It’s the responsibility of all countries to reduce their emissions – global climate change is a global challenge.
Canada’s leadership on this issue could lead to a race-to-the-top with our trading partners, compounding our efforts resulting in an accelerated decrease in emissions rates.

About the Author

Sheldon Fernandes

Sheldon is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Brightspot. His main motivation for working on climate issues is species conservation. He loves getting others’ perspectives, especially on energy and climate issues!