VANCOUVER, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, spoke to the Vancouver Board of Trade today
about the Government of Canada's initiatives to strengthen
"The value of our environment and its significance are well understood
by the Harper Government," said Minister Kent. "We recognize that
conservation and environmental protection are very important to
well-being of all Canadians."
Minister Kent outlined the Government of Canada's commitment to ensuring
that Canadians have access to a healthy environment. The Government of
Canada is committed to protecting the environment, and has backed up
that commitment by taking a number of measures. For example, we are:
Implementing regulations to reduce greenhouse gases from coal-fired
electricity plants, which will reduce greenhouse gases by 214
megatonnes over the period 2015-2035. We expect that every coal-fired
plant in Canada that uses traditional technology will eventually be
closed, with the first plants closing in the next few years.
Implementing regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
heavy-duty vehicles that will see emissions from 2018 vehicles reduced
by up to 23 percent.
Consulting on regulations that will see greenhouse gases from cars and
light trucks fall by 50 percent by 2025.
Implementing regulations requiring 5 percent renewable fuel in gasoline.
Through sound science, strong leadership, and productive partnerships,
the Government of Canada has also advanced initiatives towards
protecting and increasing land conservation, and protecting endangered
These initiatives include the proposed designation of the Scott Islands
marine National Wildlife Area, and the proposed Southern Strait of
Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Reserve.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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