Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 24, 2009 18:13 ET

Minister Prentice Participates in Key Continental and International Meetings

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, issued the following statement following his participation in the third session of the Major Economies Forum on Climate and Energy (MEF) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) annual council meeting.

"Canada is actively and constructively engaged in the international process to develop an effective global agreement on climate change at the UN conference in Copenhagen this December. Our contribution to this process has a solid foundation in the action we have and continue to take at the domestic, continental and international levels."

"Domestically, we remain focused on our goal of reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2006 levels by 2020. We will be announcing our complete set of greenhouse gas emissions policies prior to the Copenhagen meetings this fall. We have recently announced action on vehicle tailpipe emissions and Canada's Offset System, both important elements in our domestic plan for climate change."

"These domestic milestones will be complemented by our efforts with continental and international partners."

"The MEF is an important part of our international action on climate change. It is an excellent opportunity for Canada to come together with other major economies and work towards achieving an ambitious and comprehensive agreement in Copenhagen this December. It also provides an important venue for broader international collaboration on the development, demonstration and deployment of transformational clean energy technologies."

"Continentally, the CEC meetings in Denver allowed us to engage Mexico and the U.S. in discussions on our shared environmental policies and agreed to steps to refocus the role of the CEC as an important and relevant institution to our three countries. Canada is pleased that the Parties agreed to renew, revitalize and refocus the CEC to ensure it is engaged on key North American environmental issues, such as climate change/low carbon economy, and that it continues to serve as a model of transparency and effectiveness. Revitalizing the CEC will help better serve our constituents, bring people together and promote greater environmental action in North America."

"Following the G8 Summit meeting in July, the Major Economies Forum Leaders will meet to discuss the progress made so far, and recommend further action."

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