OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today issued the following closing statement in
conclusion of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18).
"We came to Doha to negotiate towards a new, single, international
climate change agreement that includes meaningful and transparent
commitments from all major emitters by 2015, to be implemented by 2020.
"Despite difficult negotiations, Canada is encouraged by the progress
outlined in the Doha Climate Gateway which agreed to a pathway for
negotiating a new global agreement to tackle climate change that will
lead to greater ambition by all major emitters. Countries also agreed
on a process to mobilize scaled-up finance to developing countries.
"Since Canada signed on to the Copenhagen Accord, we have taken quick
and vital action to deliver on our financial pledges and meet our
greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets. Canada has delivered on its
fast-start financing commitment, with its largest ever contribution of
$1.2 billion towards sustainable and economic social development in the
most vulnerable countries.
"Additionally, we are broadening our efforts as a founding member of the
Climate and Clean Air Coalition. This coalition can dramatically assist
near-term climate goals by reducing short-lived climate pollutants such
as black carbon, methane and some Hydrofluorocarbons that augment
global warming, especially in the Arctic.
"Domestically, our sector-by-sector regulatory approach to reducing GHGs
is working. Canada is halfway towards its 2020 target of reducing GHG
emissions by 17 % from 2005 levels by 2020.
"Of course we recognize that more work is required and we will continue
to implement strong regulations to achieve the additional reductions
"Canada will continue to work diligently with its international partners
on fair and effective ways to address climate change when Poland
assumes the COP presidency in the coming year.
"Finally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize and thank Canada's
dedicated team of negotiators for their tireless efforts in Doha."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Environment Canada's Twitter page: http://twitter.com/environmentca
Environment Canada's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/environmentcan