Environment Canada

Environment Canada

December 14, 2009 11:49 ET

Government of Canada Shows Leadership and Partnership on Clean Energy Initiatives

Canada leads Technology Action Plan for Advanced Vehicles

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister today joined with the U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and other members of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), to welcome the release of the Technological Action Plans (TAPS) and the launch of the Climate Renewable and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (REDI) Program.

Climate REDI is a new U.S.-led initiative that will advance the MEF Global Partnership. Its overall goal is to promote new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among MEF countries, complementing existing bilateral and multilateral energy efficiency and clean energy technology programs.

Canada has already been active in the Global Partnership launched by Leaders of the MEF at their Summit in July 2009. At that meeting, a number of countries agreed to lead on the development of a series of Technology Action Plans looking at the challenges and opportunities available to advance technological progress in key technologies areas.

"This sort of technology-based agreement is a key to the international climate change agreement being negotiated here in Copenhagen," said Minister Prentice. "Canada is pleased to be leading with the Technology Action Plan for Advanced Vehicles, which will contribute, among other things, to developing and deploying greener, better-performing vehicles worldwide."

Through the MEF process, Canada and its partners have identified challenges and opportunities in such areas as carbon capture and storage, smart power grids, energy efficiency, bioenergy and renewables. In particular, Canada led a group that focused on improving the energy efficiency of vehicles.

"Canada remains committed to working closely with the U.S. and other international partners towards the development, deployment and diffusion of a number of transformational, low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies," said Industry Canada Minister Tony Clement.

Together with the U.S., Canada is working towards a common North American approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for vehicles by introducing aligned and progressively tighter regulatory requirements over the 2011-2016 model years.

Along with such international partnerships, Canada is also developing stringent domestic regulatory requirements to limit greenhouse gas emissions and has recently released draft regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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