Climate action

Imagine a future when Canada is a climate leader

We want to ensure this future includes a low carbon economy and a clean, healthy environment for future generations.

The Foundation works with government, Indigenous leaders, businesses and citizens to uphold Canada’s climate action plan (the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change) and our internationally binding Paris Agreement commitment.

Our policy and advocacy work

Trottier Energy Futures Project

The Trottier Energy Futures Project points to opportunities to dramatically reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions using existing technologies. The research also examines the country’s carbon-emissions challenges that could prevent progress. By knowing these challenges, the research identifies where innovation and new approaches will be needed in urban design, transportation, electricity generation, infrastructure, industrial production and societal change.

Read the Low-Carbon Energy Futures report on the Science and Learning centre

Phasing out coal-fired power

On November 21, 2016, the federal government announced a plan to speed up the shift away from coal, Canada’s dirtiest power source. Under the new regulations, Canada will be free of conventional coal-fired electricity by 2030.

This was a major win for public health, the environment and the economy. The Foundation’s climate team has been working on this issue for more than a decade.

This success would not have been possible without the tens of thousands of supporters like you who sent letters to the government through our “Say no to coal in Canada” online action. We delivered an anti-coal letter to Parliament Hill, representing almost 35,000 people in Canada, on the day of the government’s announcement.

Eliminating methane pollution from the oil and gas industry

In 2015 and 2016, researchers from St. Francis Xavier University and the David Suzuki Foundation completed the most thorough ground-based measurement of methane emissions ever conducted in Canada.

Scientists travelled more than 8,000 kilometres using a sniffer truck, covering more than 1,600 well pads and facilities.

This groundbreaking research revealed that methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is at least 2.5 times higher than the former provincial government claimed.

Applied at a national scale, these findings show that fracked gas — rather than serving as a ‘clean’ transition fuel — actually makes it harder for Canada to meet its climate change commitments. Although our research shows that methane pollution is a big part of the problem, taking action now can be a big part of the solution. — Ian Bruce

The government proposed exporting this gas through liquefied natural gas, or LNG, terminals. Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into the earth to break apart rock formations to release gas and oil.

This is the climate pollution equivalent of burning more than 4.5 million tonnes of coal, or putting more than two million cars on the road. It challenges claims that B.C. LNG is a ‘clean’ or useful ‘transition’ fuel. — John Werring

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84 times

Over a 20-year period, methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

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25 per cent

Methane is responsible for 25 per cent of already observed changes to Earth's climate.

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Cheap and effective

Cutting methane emissions from oil and gas is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to address climate change.

Where we are now on methane

Our research continues to have a rippling impact throughout the country.

You jumped into action and sent thousands of messages to the B.C. and federal governments asking for better regulation of methane from the oil and gas sector. Thank you!

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  • DSF's Senior Science and Policy Advisor John Werring in the field

    DSF's John Werring out in the field for the research on methane emissions

  • An active oil well in Northern BC

    An active oil well in Northern BC

  • A suspended oil well

    A suspended oil well

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