City of Ottawa is missing its mark on climate goals, watchdog group warns

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, December 9, 2022

The City of Ottawa is falling behind its goal to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and a lack of transparency makes it difficult to know how well the city is responding to the “climate emergency” it declared in 2019, according to a report by a group of volunteer climate watchdogs.

...While the city’s Climate Change Master Plan is a detailed summary of what needs to be done and sets ambitious targets, the city appears to be already falling behind on its implementation, Kennedy said. The plan’s “Energy Evolution” section directly targets greenhouse gas emissions and identified 47 milestones to meet by the end of 2021. The city only met five.

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