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2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: SFU experts available

March 29, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Vancouver, B.C. today and announced a new 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan for Canada. The plan includes reductions in oil and gas emissions and support for electric vehicles. 

Also included in the plan are investments in clean energy and community projects that reduce pollution. 

The following Simon Fraser University experts are available to provide comment: 


ZAFAR ADEEL, executive director, Pacific Water Research Centre, professor of professional practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • How the Emissions Reduction Plan alone is insufficient and needs to be accompanied by an adaptation and resilience-building plan 
  • That the $2.2 billion renewal of the Low Carbon Economy Fund is a good step in the right direction but much more needs to be done
  • He notes that the agricultural climate solutions do not provide a focus on energy generation from farm waste, which is a “huge missed opportunity” to totally transform the renewable energy landscape in Canada

THOMAS GUNTON, professor, founding director of SFU’s resource and environmental management planning program

  • Whether Canada’s new plan will meet Canada’s international Paris climate obligations 
  • How the new plan addresses the major gaps in previous federal government plans

MERRAN SMITH, executive director, Clean Energy Canada  
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TIM TAKARO, professor, health sciences

  • The policy disconnect between the emissions reduction plan and the construction of new fossil energy infrastructure that will continue Canada's dominant role in oil and gas production

KIRSTEN ZICKFELD, professor of climate science and director of SFU’s Climate Research Lab, geography


MELISSA SHAW, SFU  Communications & Marketing 
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