Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 18, 2009 16:35 ET

Government of Canada Invests $2 Million in Asia-Pacific Partnership

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced that the Government of Canada has invested $2 million to partner with Canadian business in eleven clean technology projects under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP). This investment will leverage matching funds from the private sector.

"Achieving Canada's long-term emission reductions goals will require continued investments in clean technologies, said Minister Prentice. "Canada's active involvement in the Asia-Pacific Partnership is just one example of how we are collaborating internationally to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies."

The APP is a public-private partnership of seven countries - Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United States - that seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. Together, the seven APP partners represent more than half of the world's population, economy and greenhouse gas emissions.

"This unique partnership has engaged the private sector in more than one hundred projects aimed at promoting energy security and emissions reductions," added minister Prentice. The APP focuses on expanding investment and trade in cleaner energy technologies, goods and services in key energy-intensive and energy supply sectors that offer the greatest potential to address climate change and air pollution challenges.

The APP's work is conducted through eight task forces, including five energy-intensive sectors (aluminum, buildings and appliances, cement, coal mining and steel) and three energy supply sectors - cleaner fossil energy, renewable energy and distributed generation, and power generation and transmission. This funding will support innovative new projects in seven of the eight APP task forces.

Canada's participation in the APP supports its domestic, continental and international efforts to address climate change, as well as the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2006 levels by 2020 and 60-70 percent by 2050.

Canada joined the APP in October 2007 and is an active member in all task force and APP Policy and Implementation Committee meetings. In 2008, Canada announced a $20 million investment over three years to support its APP projects and activities. In the coming months, the Government will also work with the private sector to develop and fund a second round of clean technology projects under the APP.

For more information on Canada's involvement in the APP, visit: ec.gc.ca

A backgrounder is available at the following address: http://file.marketwire.com/release/bken_ec0618.pdf

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