Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions Act

An Act respecting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Nathaniel Erskine-Smith  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 5, 2019
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

First Session, Forty-second Parliament,

64-65-66-67-68 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019


BILL C-454

An Act respecting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

FIRST READING, June 5, 2019

Mr. Erskine-Smith



This enactment requires the Government of Canada to ensure that Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to net zero by 2050.


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Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions ActRoutine Proceedings

June 5th, 2019 / 4:55 p.m.
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Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Liberal Beaches—East York, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-454, An Act respecting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions bill. This government has made significant and meaningful progress to tackle climate change, but greater ambition is now required to meet our national, intergenerational and our moral obligations. Science demands greater action.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes, “in model pathways with no or limited overshoot of 1.5°C, global net anthropogenic CO2 emissions declined by about 45% from the 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net-zero by 2050.”

Our international allies are already undertaking this difficult work. The U.K., in early May, published a road map to net-zero by 2050. The EU Commission, and EU Parliament, have adopted the same standards.

We have made important progress such as price on pollution, phasing out coal, slashing methane emissions, significant investments in public transit, clean energies and more, but the science demands greater ambition. That is why the bill is so important.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)