Oil, gas and coal sector review

Progression and projections 2006-2030

    Most emitting provinces

  • In the upstream oil and gas sector, the curent projections expect emissions to increase considerably. The sector will soon overtake transportation as the largest GHG emitter sector if Canada does not impose or provide any restrictions in this sector, except for the few technological performance efforts, which are similar to those the United States plans to do (measure 3). The expansion of this sector, and especially of the tar sands, brings increasing needs in terms of transport of hydrocarbons (oil pipelines, trains, boats).


The establishment of a carbon market with a declining emissions cap of 2% per year would result in reductions in the hydrocarbon sector, industry and electricity generation, first targeting least expensive reductions.
To limit the big increase of GHG emissions in this area above all, a group of over 100 scientists calls for a moratorium to stop the many new projects of tar sands exploitation.
Improvements are also possible with the introduction of technology to reduce methane leaks.

Measure 1: establish a carbon market in 2018 (2% per year)
.......(impact in the hydrocarbons sector)
Measure 2: promulgate a moratorium on new tar sands mining projects
Measure 3: reducing methane emissions
.......(proposed action for 2030)