BERLIN, Germany, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today issued a statement following his visit to
four European cities this week: London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
"I had many positive discussions with my European colleagues about the
environment and the challenges and opportunities associated with its
stewardship. Every country has its own physical, social and economic
circumstances, making it all the more important for us to exchange
knowledge, best practices, expertise and experience.
"Canada is an Arctic nation and about 40 percent of our land mass and
freshwater is located in a northern environment vulnerable to climate
change. Our government is conscious of these challenges and continues
working towards achieving our commitments under the Copenhagen Accord
to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels
by 2020. We are also engaged in negotiating and implementing a single
new international treaty that includes all major emitters.
"At home, Canada's ambitious regulatory agenda is focused on the
establishment and enforcement of world-class environmental standards.
It is estimated that Canada is halfway to meeting our target for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, standards for chemical
management, air and water quality, and biodiversity are reinforced
continually through investment in the research and development
necessary to turn intent into action.
"Technology and innovation play a critical role in an environmental
plan. Canada is working with business and international partners to
encourage the development of innovative environmental technologies and
sustainable solutions. Since 2006, Canada has invested more than any
other previous government in reducing greenhouse gases, improving
energy efficiency and developing green infrastructure.
"Canada continues to pursue innovative solutions that provide
environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians. We look forward
to continuing to work with our international partners to share
knowledge and advance our shared goals."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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