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Canada will miss its 2030 target for cutting carbon emissions unless it quickly steps up efforts, concluded an audit released Tuesday by the environment commissioner.

Ottawa has set a target of slashing total carbon emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. But the audit found it is likely to reach only a 34 per cent CO2 reduction.

This leaves a gap of six percent to 11 per cent.

Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco in his report laid the blame for the projected shortfall on delayed climate measures such as a cap on oil and gas sector emissions and new clean fuel regulations.

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