Skeptical Ottawa city councillors want bolder target for greenhouse gas reductions

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, June 19, 2018

Councillors on the environment and climate protection committee want to increase the City of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas reduction target, while questioning if the city is even doing enough reduce emissions.

The proposed 20 per cent reduction target would fall in line with a Federation of Canadian Municipalities climate protection program. City staff were planning to bring the 20 per cent proposal to council in 2019 as part of a review of the air quality and climate change management plan.

Coun. Jeff Leiper doesn’t want to wait. He won the committee’s approval Tuesday to recommend setting the new target. Council will vote on June 27.

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