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Advisory Working Group on Environment & Sustainability

In May 2021, the Senate Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA) adopted a motion to create the Advisory Working Group on Environment and Sustainability (AWG). The motion authorized the AWG to “examine and report on the Environmental Policy of the Senate; and identify short, medium and long-term actions that could be taken in the operations of the Senate to contribute to its commitment to sustainability.” The primary objective of the AWG was for the Senate of Canada to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.

With the support of employees at the Senate Administration and the Library of Parliament, the AWG sought to catalogue and discuss the actions taken by the Senate since the 1993 Environmental Policy, determine the current environmental initiatives and attempt to assess the carbon footprint of the Senate, and review policies adopted by other legislatures and private enterprises which would be relevant as comparators to the Senate of Canada.

The Final Report of the AWG outlines a set of recommendations which include a new Senate of Canada Environmental and Sustainability Policy Statement, short term actions, and proposed next steps towards achieving medium- and long-term goals. As the costs of climate-induced events continue to escalate, the Senate has the opportunity to demonstrate the leadership needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 to help accelerate progress on Canada's national and global commitments.

Key Documents 

Click on the resources below to access key resources related to the AWG, including the final report and Senator Deacon's speech in the Chamber.


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