In this second Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Canada report we look outside of Canada’s borders to identify global decarbonization trends that will affect Canada and our ability to achieve deep decarbonization. We focus on identifying resilient pathways that policy can target regardless of eventual ambition, whether it is tentative, short-term steps or longerterm shifts towards deeper reductions.

We observe that in virtually every country there are clean energy policies and technology drivers that are pushing global decarbonization trends, notably decarbonization of electricity production and energy-efficiency improvements in buildings and transport. Despite global trends towards progress in reducing the emission intensity of electricity production, buildings and transport, however, significant gaps in global technology exist that pose a challenge for Canadian deep decarbonization efforts, especially in primary extraction but also for emission intensive heavy industries.

It is these twin themes that Canadian climate policy must now address: how to deepen and broaden current Canadian policy signals and technology deployment, and where policy attention will be required to push next generation decarbonisation technologies forward, particularly in liquid fossil fuels and industrial processes.

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