Environment Canada

Environment Canada

April 15, 2010 12:41 ET

Canada's Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) - Today, the Government of Canada submitted its annual report on greenhouse gas emissions which showed a decrease in Canada's total emissions for 2008. The annual national greenhouse gas inventory report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a summary of data on Canada's greenhouse gas emissions at the national, provincial and sector levels.

"This decrease is a positive step in our action against climate change," said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. "While there is still work to be done, improvements in our emissions levels strengthen the Government's commitment to continue tackling climate change and reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, a target which reflects the importance of aligning with the United States, while maintaining economic competitiveness and prosperity."

Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.1 per cent in 2008. In 2008, emissions were about 734 megatonnes which represents a decrease of 16 megatonnes from the updated 2007 total of 750 megatonnes, and a 6.2 megatonnes or 0.8 per cent decrease over the last five years.

The decrease in emissions between 2007 and 2008 is attributed to Canada's efforts to use greater amounts of clean energy power generation, which is part of the Government's efforts to target greenhouse gas production, and to the slow-down in economic growth at the end of 2008.

The Government of Canada is a strong supporter of renewable energy technologies and Canada boasts one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world with three-quarters of our electricity supply emitting no greenhouse gases.

Canada is on the right track to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal as inscribed in the Copenhagen Accord, including significant investments of:

  • $795 million over five years through the Clean Energy Fund which invests in research and development for green technologies;

  • $4.2 billion through ecoENERGY Initiatives which encourage Canadians to invest in energy efficient products and services; and

  • $1 billion over five years for the Green Infrastructure Fund which invests in green and sustainable infrastructure. 

"In addition to our continual collaboration with the United States through the Clean Energy Dialogue, the Government of Canada released draft vehicle regulations on April 1, 2010, which align with the mandatory national standard of the United States, beginning with the 2011 model year. We also intend to harmonize our approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, ships and trains. Only through harmonization of emissions standards with the United States can we make real, effective inroads in the fight against climate change," said Minister Prentice.

Canada will also continue to deliver on its share of international commitments and work constructively in 2010 to implement the Copenhagen Accord and to complete the negotiations under the UNFCCC of a comprehensive, legally binding post-2012 agreement.

To find out more about the Government of Canada's Action on Climate Change, please visit: http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/.

To view the complete national greenhouse gas inventory for 2008 and a summary of trends, please visit: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ges-ghg/default.asp?lang=En&n=1357A041-1.

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