Canada's green report card embarrassing

On the latest scorecard of environmental awareness and action, Canada once more scores a failing grade. The measure is how much of the stimulus spending unleashed against the great recession has been allocated to green works. Canada ranks in the bottom third of the thirteen countries surveyed.
Global Green New Deal was produced as an update for last week's Pittsburgh Summit of the G20 by the United Nations Environment Program. Canada is dedicating, or planning to dedicate, just 8% of its stimulus spending to environmental improvement programs such as renewable energy, high-speed rail and energy efficiency. That's a third less than the Americans per capita, less than half what the Brits are spending and less than 40% of the Aussie green stimulus. But all pale next to the 79% being spent by South Korea’s “Green New Deal” or the 34% that China is spending to address climate change.
Of the $3.1 trillion in global stimulus, “the amount allocated to renewable energy falls short of the investment needed to reduce carbon emissions and keep the rise in global average temperature under 2 degrees Celsius,” the U.N. agency says. It has called on the 20 most advanced economies to engage in a Global Green New Deal by investing at least 1% of their total GDP in promoting green economic sectors. UNEP recommends that these economies give priority to investments focused on improving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, stimulating renewable energy sources and enhancing sustainable transport.
It recommends that economic stimulus packages be invested in five critical areas:
• Energy efficiency in old and new buildings;
• Renewable energy technologies, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass technologies;
• Sustainable transport technologies, such as hybrid vehicles, high speed rail and bus rapid transit systems;
• The planet's ecological infrastructure, including freshwaters, forests, soils and coral reefs; and
• Sustainable agriculture, including organic production.

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