Greening Government Strategy

In Canada and abroad, the effects of climate change are becoming evident. Impacts such as coastal erosion; thawing permafrost; increases in heat waves; droughts and flooding; ecosystem changes; and risks to critical infrastructure; and food and water security are already being felt in Canada and globally. The science is clear that human activities are driving unprecedented changes in the earth’s climate, which pose significant risks to human health, security, and economic growth.

Response to climate change requires action to:
  1. reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere and
  2. increase the resiliency of assets, services, and operations to adapt to the changing climate.
Greening government operations will support Canada’s sustainability goals already established under the Paris Agreement on climate change and in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This Greening Government Strategy is consistent with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.


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