As Quebec moves to meet its share of Canada's Kyoto commitment... Ottawa is doing too little, too late



    MONTREAL, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace expressed its support for
today's announcement by the government of Quebec to meet its share of Canada's
Kyoto commitments. The announcement was made at the United Nations climate
conference in Bali, Indonesia. The Quebec plan foresees greenhouse gas
emission reductions of six per cent under 1990 levels by 2012.
    "Quebec is a leader and Ottawa is a laggard," explained Dave Martin,
coordinator of the Climate and Energy campaign at Greenpeace. "Three years
after the Kyoto agreement came into force, Ottawa still refuses to meet its
Kyoto commitment."
    The measures announced by Quebec environment minister Line Beauchamp
today foresee the elimination of 4.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas
emissions yearly by 2012. These measures cover energy efficiency,
transportation, new technologies, conversion from oil to cleaner or renewable
green energy, and reduced emissions from waste.
    Greenpeace says these measures, coupled with a previously announced
'green' tax on carbon fuel, give the province a real chance of rapidly
attaining its share of the Kyoto objectives
    "This plan is a very positive step, but Greenpeace is calling on the
Quebec government to achieve its six per cent reduction before 2012," said
Martin. "We must move quickly, because there can be no last minute solutions
to the climate crisis."
    Unfortunately, the efforts of Quebec will have little impact on Canada's
ability to live up to its international commitments, as long as the Prime
Minister Harper government refuses to take action.
    "Canada must change direction and do everything possible to attain the
objectives laid down in the Kyoto agreement," say Martin. "With an increase of
25 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, Canada's record on global
warming is one of the worst in the world."




For further information:

For further information: Dave Martin, Energy and Climate Coordinator,
(416) 627-5004; Jane Story, Communications Officer, (416) 930-9055


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