OTTAWA, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today released the 2012 Progress Report on the
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and the 2013-16 draft
Strategy for a 120 day period of public consultations.
"The 2012 Progress Report provides Canadians with a whole-of-government
picture of the Government of Canada's contributions to achieving
environmental sustainability," said Minister Kent. "It demonstrates
that the Harper Government is making concrete progress in environmental
sustainability and is building on this progress to further advance the
transparency and accountability of environmental decision-making."
The report highlights real results achieved by the Government of Canada
in the areas of climate change, clean air and conservation:
Canada has begun to decouple greenhouse gases from economic growth and
has put in place measures needed to meet about half of its 2020
Air quality in Canada is among the best in the world;
The Great Lakes' Areas of Concern are being restored;
Since 1990, protected areas in Canada have nearly doubled; and
The Government has made significant strides in greening its operations.
"The Government of Canada is making progress in greening its buildings,
fleet, procurement, and office practices," said the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women. "We will continue to demonstrate leadership by
reducing the Government's environmental footprint." PWGSC supports the
greening of the Government's operations by working closely with other
federal departments and agencies.
The public consultations process on the 2013-16 draft Strategy provides
Canadians with a key opportunity to comment on the Government's
progress made on sustainable development, and its goals and objectives
over the coming years.
"I am inviting Canadians to take part in the public consultations
process as the draft Strategy aims to improve the way the federal
government plans for sustainable development. Sustainable development
is a long-term issue. Updating the Strategy and reporting on results
every three years provide the basis for constant improvement and
innovation over the long term," said Minister Kent. "It also reflects a
growing recognition—within Canada and internationally—that
environmental sustainability and economic prosperity support and
reinforce one another."
Canadians are encouraged to review the 2013-16 draft Federal Sustainable
Development Strategy and invited to provide comments by visiting http://www.ec.gc.ca/dd-sd/default.asp?lang=En&n=C2844D2D-1 or the Consulting with Canadians website by June 14, 2013. Comments will contribute to establishing a clear and
coherent Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
2012 Progress Report on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS)
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Office of the Minister of the Environment
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