DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada are at an historic
low. The latest data indicates that Canadians emitted an average of
20.3 tonnes of GHG in 2010, the lowest level since tracking began in
"The data collected shows that between 2005 and 2010, GHG emissions
decreased by 6.5% despite an economic growth of 6.3%," said Canada's
Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent. "These numbers
demonstrate that the Canadian economy can grow without increasing GHG
The Government of Canada is taking a sector-by-sector approach to
reducing GHG emissions that achieves real environmental and economic
benefits for all Canadians.
Environment Canada's National Inventory Report, released in April 2012, highlights that compared with 2005 levels,
emissions in 2010 have declined in almost all sectors, including oil
and gas and electricity generation.
The Government of Canada's overall climate change strategy aims to
reduce GHG emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. To achieve this
goal, Canada is taking a sector-by-sector approach and has already
taken action on two of Canada's largest sources of
emissions—transportation and electricity.
For more information on Canada's work to reduce GHGs, visit climatechange.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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Office of the Minister of the Environment
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