SASKATOON, SK, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today announced final regulations for reducing
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal-fired electricity generation.
"Canada already boasts one of the cleanest electricity systems in the
world, with three-quarters of our electricity supply emitting no
greenhouse gases," said Minister Kent. "These regulations will further
strengthen our position as a world leader in clean electricity
production, while continuing to grow our economy and create jobs."
The regulations apply a stringent performance standard to new
electricity generation units and old units that have reached the end of
their economic life. In the first 21 years, the regulations are
expected to result in a cumulative reduction in GHG emissions of about
214 megatonnes—equivalent to removing some 2.6 million personal
vehicles per year from the road.
Reducing emissions from coal-fired electricity—which is responsible for
11 percent of Canada's total GHG emissions—is an important step toward
meeting Canada's 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 17
percent below 2005 levels.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the improved air
quality that will result from the regulations will have a direct impact
on the health of Canadians.
The new performance standard for coal-fired electricity generating units
will come into force on July 1, 2015.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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