Canada’s federal and provincial auditors general have launched a joint national audit of climate change actions, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand told a Senate committee Thursday.
“The national project will be completed in 2017, and the auditors hope to set a template that can be repeated every three or four years after that as Canada moves to ratchet down greenhouse gas emissions,” Canadian Press reports. “It’s the first time, on any issue, that federal and provincial auditors have combined forces to compile a single, common national audit,” the news agency adds.
“We’ve never had everybody in the same tent” to collaborate on a common audit topic, Gelfand said. “It’ll be very complicated, because they all have different legislation and they may even have different audit methodologies, perhaps different priorities, different amount of staff to do it all.”
The audit “isn’t designed to measure the overall output of carbon emissions,” Cheadle writes, “but rather how the various jurisdictions are doing in meeting their policy commitments, including emissions targets.”