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Greenpeace Canada

January 29, 2007 10:33 ET

Prime Minister Harper: WHAT ABOUT KYOTO?

Greenpeace releases Energy [R]evolution blueprint and calls for fast action in C-30 hearings

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor OTTAWA/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 29, 2007) - Greenpeace activists joined P. Bear on Parliament Hill to ask Prime Minister Harper whether his government intends to meet Canada's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Today marks the beginning of hearings on climate change by the Legislative Committee on Bill C-30 (the Harper government's Clean Air Act). Lounging in a sun chair under a sign asking "What About Kyoto?" P. Bear also took this opportunity to deliver to parliamentarians a report entitled 'Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook'. The report, produced by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, provides a blueprint for how to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next 43 years, while providing a secure and affordable energy supply and maintaining economic development.

"The Kyoto Protocol is the foundation for the climate change plans of Canada and the rest of the world. The Harper government must decide if it wants to be part of the global solution, or remain a part of the problem. We need fast action from the legislative committee, not more talk," said Dave Martin, Greenpeace Energy Coordinator. "The Greenpeace energy blueprint shows that climate change can be defeated while maintaining economic growth. The barriers to this green energy path are purely political, not technological."

The 100-page report was developed in conjunction with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Splitting the world into ten regions, it provides a detailed analysis of how to restructure the global energy system based only on proven renewable energy and efficiency technologies, and decentralised cogeneration.The plan takes into account rapid economic growth in China, India and Africa, and provides for the staged phasing out of both nuclear power and coal because of their environmental problems.

"The Energy Revolution scenario has come at the perfect time, when the world is crying out for a roadmap to tackle the dilemma of meeting energy needs without fuelling climate change," added Martin. "The world can have safe, robust renewable energy, while improving efficiency, enjoying global economic growth and phasing out dirty, dangerous sources such as coal and nuclear."

The report highlights that the time window for making the key decisions in energy infrastructure is still relatively short. The key decisions, which could either start a renewable energy future or keep the world on the 'business as usual' path, will be made by governments, investment institutions and utility companies in the next few years. The report also highlights the economic advantages of the Energy Revolution scenario and concludes that renewable energies will represent the backbone of the world's economy - not only in developed countries, but also in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.

The report comes just a week before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes its Fourth Assessment Report detailing the latest scientific studies of climate change, which is widely expected to lay to rest any doubt about the scientific reality of climate change.

A copy of the Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable world energy outlook report can be downloaded at:
www.greenpeace.org and www.erec.org

For more information please contact:

Dave Martin, Greenpeace Energy coordinator, cell: 416-627-5004
Steven Guilbeault, Greenpeace Energy campaigner, cell: 514- 231-2650
Jocelyn Desjardins, Greenpeace communications, cell: 514-212-5749

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