Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 16, 2008 12:45 ET

Environment Canada: Latest Greenhouse Gas Data Shows Canada's Emissions Decreased in 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - As part of its international obligations, the Government of Canada submitted today its annual national greenhouse gas inventory for 2006 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"While greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in 2006 for a number of reasons, we have to continue the fight against climate change," said Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird. "That is why our Government is committed to taking real action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions an absolute 20 per cent by 2020 with our Turning the Corner plan."

Total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada in 2006 were about 721 megatonnes, which is a decrease of 1.9 per cent from 2005 levels. Greenhouse gas emissions in 2006 were 22 per cent above the revised 1990 total and almost 30 per cent above Canada's Kyoto target of 558 megatonnes.

The decrease in emissions is due primarily to a reduction in emissions from electricity production (reduced coal and increased hydro and nuclear generation) and from fossil fuel production (as a result of fuel switching and less oil being refined), as well as reduced demand for heating fuels because of warmer winters in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The Government believes that requiring mandatory emissions reductions from big industry is the key to fighting climate change in Canada, along with developing green technology right here at home, instead of imposing massive tax increases on working families and small businesses.

Through its Turning the Corner Action Plan, not only is the Government requiring big industry to reduce its emissions, but has invested over $9 billion on environmental initiatives, including the ecoENERGY, ecoTRANSPORT and ecoAUTO programs, as well as investing $1.5 billion with the provinces on home-grown green technology.

To find out more about the Government's Turning the Corner Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution, please visit www.ec.gc.ca

To view the complete national greenhouse gas inventory for 2006 and a summary of trends, please visit : http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/ghg/inventory_e.cfm

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations