Will Canada join the IEA’s 10-Point plan to cut oil use?

Speaker: Ms. May
Time: 24/03/2022 15:11:15
Context: Question

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, despite misguided calls for Canada to build pipelines to join a global effort to shut off Russian oil, the international experts at the International Energy Agency have not recommended that. In fact, they have been very clear that it is not boosting production that the world’s nations need to do, it is cutting consumption. The International Energy Agency has published a 10-point plan.

Some hon. members: Oh, oh!

Ms. Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I am having difficulty finishing my question.

The Deputy Speaker: Order. We are on the last question.

The hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands.

Ms. Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I will not start over, but I will summarize. There have been calls that are misguided and not based on evidence to increase production or take another decade to built more pipelines in Canada.

The experts at the International Energy Agency have published a 10-point plan that they want industrialized countries to pursue and that will cut consumption by 2.7 million barrels of oil a day. The International Energy Agency’s 10-point plan calls for such things as cutting speed limits by 10 kilometres an hour in industrialized countries, to cut down traffic in our city centres and boost public transit.

Will Canada join the IEA 10-point plan?

Ms. Julie Dabrusin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in fact, the 10-point plan is under discussion right now with the Minister of Natural Resources in Paris. In the face of the emerging global energy crisis created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the 10-point plan to cut oil use proposed that actions can be used to reduce demand with immediate impact. As discussed in the plan, the IEA and its members are committed to reducing emissions and creating a more sustainable path for the longer term from using public transit, biking or working from home. Those are all actions we can take, as per the IEA, to reduce our carbon footprint and collectively reduce our emissions. We are working in partnership here at home and abroad to reduce emissions and increase the use of renewable energies.