Government of Canada gets tough on climate change: orders industry to submit air emissions information



    NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada took a major
step forward in its plan to enforce tough new regulations on industry to
reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions today. The Government
announced it has formally advised industry of new requirements to submit air
emissions data to the Government of Canada within the next six months.
    "Our Government has introduced the toughest plan in Canadian history to
clean up our air, tackle climate change, and protect our environment," said
Canada's Environment Minister John Baird. "The information we are demanding
from industry is a critical step forward to develop and move forward with our
Turning the Corner Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution."
    The Government of Canada has introduced tough, mandatory regulations for
industry to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and 60 to 70 percent by
2050. Air pollution will also be cut in half by 2015. This is the most
aggressive plan in Canadian history. The industrial sector accounts for half
of all Canadian greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, as well as
half of Canada's air pollution.
    "This Government is serious about tackling climate change and protecting
the air we breathe," said Minister Baird. "Our actions today speak to our
commitment to make a real, concrete and measurable difference for Canadians
and our environment."
    The information that industry is being ordered to submit will be used to
draft final regulations to be published in 2008. Industrial sectors targeted
are: electricity; oil and gas; pulp and paper; smelting and refining; iron and
steel; cement, lime, chemicals manufacturing; and, some mining sectors. These
industries must provide information by May 31, 2008 about their emissions of
air pollutants and greenhouse gases for the year 2006, and will be required to
do so each year thereafter until the regulations come into force.
    Minister Baird made the announcement at the United Nations Climate Change
Conference in Indonesia. Canada has been working hard at the conference to get
all major emitters on board to make real reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions. Canada believes in taking real action to combat climate change but
also recognizes the need for common but differentiated targets for the world.

    The notice to industry, published in the Canada Gazette Part I, is part
of Turning the Corner: An Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air
Pollution launched in April 2007.
    For more information on the notice, please visit:
www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair-airpur
    For more information on Turning the Corner, please visit: www.ec.gc.ca or
www.ecoaction.ca

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441, In Indonesia: 085857032508;
Environment Canada, Media Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008, In
Indonesia: Gregory Jack, 085857032502


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