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Ontario Greens launch transformative Roadmap to Net-Zero to tackle climate emergency


TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Green Party launches Roadmap to Net-Zero: The Ontario Greens' Climate and Environmental Plan.

"Tackling the climate emergency is the Ontario Greens' number one priority," said Ontario Greens' Leader Mike Schreiner. "It is the most pressing issue facing Ontario and the world. It is the biggest challenge of our lives, and it is also the biggest opportunity."

"We are at a tipping point and need an honest, ambitious and practical plan that matches the urgency of the crisis we are in and takes advantage of the potential of the green economy to create new businesses and better jobs. Our new Roadmap to Net-Zero does just that."

The Ontario Greens' Roadmap to Net-Zero presents a vision for a healthier, greener and more prosperous Ontario that provides good, clean jobs, environmentally responsible and affordable housing, inclusive and caring communities, and a better way of life for everyone.

The Ontario Greens' Roadmap to Net-Zero will:

"It is too late for climate action to be gradual and incremental," Ontario Green Deputy Leader and former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe said.

Ontario Greens recognize that urgency and immediacy is critical to tackling the climate emergency. That's why Schreiner tabled a bill this week that will set a Carbon Budget. "Climate action can't wait," Schreiner said. "If the other parties are at all serious about climate, they'll vote in support of this bill."

Around the world, individuals, companies, and countries are turning away from fossil fuels and competing to win in the new, green economy. Yet Ontario continues to lag.

"The Ford government is actively worsening the climate crisis with their anti-environment agenda," Saxe said. "And the incremental half measures and compromises of the NDP and Liberals ? like voting for pipelines at Queen's Park ? won't cut it."

A significant 25% of the overall benefits of the Ontario Greens' climate plan will be focused on disadvantaged communities.

"We have a roadmap for an inclusive, Green transition that leaves no one behind," Ontario Green Deputy Leader Abhijeet Manay said. "A fair and equitable plan to get us to a zero-waste, net-zero carbon economy ? without lining the pockets of the one percent at the expense of Ontario's most vulnerable."

"There is a way forward," Schreiner concluded. "We need a real plan for real climate action. Enough with the empty talk and unfulfilled promises. Ontario Greens have the vision and a clear roadmap to build the world people want so Ontarians will not only survive the climate crisis, but will thrive. It can be done, so let's get started."

To learn more please visit: www.gpo.ca/climate

Roadmap to Net-Zero

The Ontario Greens' Climate Plan

BACKGROUNDER:

The climate crisis is here and it demands urgent action. It is threatening our health, food
security, and well-being.

Yet while other countries are making real progress reducing their climate pollution, Ontario's
progress has stopped. Ontario pollutes the climate about as much now as we did in 2014 and
more than in 2017.

We must change course.

The Ontario Greens' climate plan is rooted in three top priorities:

Within these three priorities are 10 key strategies that will slash climate pollution and seize the opportunity of the green economy.

          Crush climate pollution:

  1. Adopt a Zero Carbon Law that sets a Fair Share Carbon Budget for the rest of the
    century. Cut Ontario's climate pollution in half by 2030 and to net-zero every year from
    2045.
  2. Keep money and jobs in Ontario. Replace imported fossil fuels by doubling Ontario's
    clean electricity supply
  3. Clean the air by replacing fossil fuel used in vehicles in half by 2030 and to net-zero by
    2040, with electric vehicles, transit, active transportation and compact communities.
  4. Use energy efficiency upgrades and heat pumps to replace fossil fuel use in buildings
    40% by 2030 and to net-zero by 2040.
  5. Support Ontario entrepreneurs to build world-leading clean businesses in energy storage
    (e.g. batteries) and networks, electric/ fuel cell mobility, smart transit and low-carbon
    biomaterials.

    Restore water and nature:
  6. Work with Indigenous Peoples to protect 25% of Ontario by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
  7. Clean up toxins in air and water, especially in the most polluted areas.

    Succeed together:
  8. Create new careers and better green jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, and
    improve business opportunities for thousands of green entrepreneurs.
  9. Create a $2 billion per-year Climate Adaptation Fund to support municipalities with green
    and resilient infrastructure.
  10. Focus 25% of the overall benefits of this plan on disadvantaged communities.

Other highlight policies:

By the numbers:


Ontario Greens plan a transformative investment of $65 billion over 4 years, in addition to $30
billion the government has already committed for transit upgrades. These investments reflect
the urgency of the climate crisis, while creating huge economic opportunities.

Key investments include:

The cost of climate chaos far exceeds the cost of climate action. Much of these investments will
pay for themselves, by reducing infrastructure and health care costs and mobilizing huge
amounts of private capital and growing leading industries.

Further direct funding will come from:

Please see our full plan at gpo.ca/climate for a detailed costing and funding breakdown.

SOURCE Green Party of Ontario


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