What about GHG emissions?
Transportation accounts for approximately 28 percent of Canada’s total GHG emissions, with road transportation comprising the majority (19 percent), and personal use about half of that. The carbon intensity of the transportation sector is dropping, and regulation and innovation are driving significant improvements in fuel efficiency.
Dramatic reductions in transportation’s carbon footprint will require even greater innovation, new technologies and investments, and personal lifestyle and behavioural changes—such as increased reliance on high density, fixed-route public transit systems. Our industry is committed to a lower carbon transportation future. In partnership with governments and other industries, we are taking meaningful action in key areas, including the promotion of fuel-efficient driving techniques for fleet and personal vehicle use.
What about the environmental impact of refineries?
Canada’s refining industry has made substantial contributions beyond improving the properties and performance of its fuels. Through progressive environmental stewardship—including investments of $10 billion since 2000—we have significantly reduced emissions at refineries. For example, we’ve reduced carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas, by 12 percent since 1990.