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Working together: Leading by example

Leading by example

We know that we need to lead by example when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our 2016–2019 strategy set a target of reducing emissions from Government of Canada operations 40% from 2005 levels by 2030, with the aspiration to achieve the target by 2025. We’re well on our way to meeting our target: during the 2017–2018 fiscal year, our emissions were down 32% from 2005 levels.

Building on commitments in the 2016–2019 FSDS, the Greening Government Strategy sets an ambitious target to reduce our emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050, with an aspiration to be carbon neutral. The Centre for Greening Government, within Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, provides leadership by tracking federal greenhouse gas emissions centrally, coordinating efforts across government, and driving results.

Our Greening Government Strategy also recognizes that greening our operations goes beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also includes measures to make our operations resilient to a changing climate, reduce our water consumption, and shrink the environmental footprint of our waste, including plastic waste.

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