Thirteen scientific projects relating to the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda
GATINEAU, QC, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on Clean Air Day, Minister
Aglukkaq announced more than $1.4 million in funding for science
initiatives under the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. In all, seven
universities will receive funding for 13 projects that will contribute
to the body of knowledge for effective action to improve air quality
and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Clean Air Regulatory Agenda was established in 2006 to support
Government of Canada efforts to improve the environment and health of
Canadians by reducing GHG and air pollutant emissions. Its objectives
are achieved through funding for science, reporting, policy analysis,
regulatory development, and action to improve indoor air quality.
In 2011, the Government of Canada committed $600.8 million dollars over
five years towards the renewal of the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has also invested $235 million in
domestic adaptation initiatives to improve our understanding of climate
change and help Canadians plan for climate impacts.
In September 2011, Canada's air quality was ranked second out of 38
countries by the World Health Organization.
Since 1990, Canada's emissions of key air pollutants have decreased
considerably, some by more than half.
The Government of Canada's approach to climate change is focused on
delivering environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians.
As a result of collective action by governments, consumers and
businesses, Canada's 2020 GHG emissions are projected to be 128 Mt
lower relative to a scenario with no action.
Emissions per capita (tonnes per person) have also been decreasing since
2005, and this is also projected to continue to 2030.
"Our government is committed to cleaner air for Canadians—for today, and
for future generations. The funding announced today will build on our
Government's success to date in improving air quality and reducing
greenhouse gas emissions for Canadians."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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