Government of Canada provides funding for science supporting clean air and climate change action

Thirteen scientific projects relating to the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda

GATINEAU, QC, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on Clean Air Day, Minister Aglukkaq announced more than $1.4 million in funding for science initiatives under the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. In all, seven universities will receive funding for 13 projects that will contribute to the body of knowledge for effective action to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Clean Air Regulatory Agenda was established in 2006 to support Government of Canada efforts to improve the environment and health of Canadians by reducing GHG and air pollutant emissions. Its objectives are achieved through funding for science, reporting, policy analysis, regulatory development, and action to improve indoor air quality.

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, the Government of Canada committed $600.8 million dollars over five years towards the renewal of the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda.
  • Since 2006, the Government of Canada has also invested $235 million in domestic adaptation initiatives to improve our understanding of climate change and help Canadians plan for climate impacts.
  • In September 2011, Canada's air quality was ranked second out of 38 countries by the World Health Organization.
  • Since 1990, Canada's emissions of key air pollutants have decreased considerably, some by more than half.
  • The Government of Canada's approach to climate change is focused on delivering environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians.
  • As a result of collective action by governments, consumers and businesses, Canada's 2020 GHG emissions are projected to be 128 Mt lower relative to a scenario with no action.
  • Emissions per capita (tonnes per person) have also been decreasing since 2005, and this is also projected to continue to 2030.

Quote

"Our government is committed to cleaner air for Canadians—for today, and for future generations. The funding announced today will build on our Government's success to date in improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for Canadians."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council

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For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.

SOURCE: Environment Canada

For further information:

Amanda Gordon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

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