Environment Minister: Canada committed to meeting climate change targets despite projection gaps

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between its promises and emissions projections.

Federal documents show an increasing difference between how much Canada has promised to reduce greenhouse gases and projections of actual emissions.

A 44-megatonne gap has grown to 66 megatonnes, a 50 per cent increase in the last 18 months.

McKenna says that gap will disappear by the 2030 target date.

She says new technologies in carbon-heavy industries such as cement manufacturing will reduce emissions, as will reforestation, because trees absorb carbon dioxide.

A government official says 66 megatonnes in the context of Canada's overall emissions of more than 700 megatonnes annually could come down to how they were measured.