Canada joins major economies to advance post-2012 climate change agenda

    WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister,
John Baird, today concluded two days of meetings on climate change in
Washington, D.C. by stressing that for any post-2012 climate change agreement
to be successful, it must include all major greenhouse gas emitting countries.
    "Over the last few months, Canada has been at the forefront of
international action on climate change, including the leadership shown by the
Prime Minister at APEC and the United Nations. More recently, countries
achieved historic success at the Montreal Protocol conference, where over
190 countries agreed on eliminating substances that harm the ozone layer and
contribute to climate change," Minister Baird said. "We are pleased to build
on these discussions as we move closer to an international framework on
climate change involving the entire world."
    The meeting included 14 of the world's biggest emitters in efforts to
make progress towards the creation of an international framework to address
climate change after the year 2012.
    Canada believes that any post-2012 global agreement must be comprehensive
and include all major emitting countries, be long term and flexible to
maintain economic growth and prosperity, and encourage the development and
deployment of new and existing technologies.
    Canada's Action Plan to fight greenhouse gases called "Turning the
Corner", includes elements that could work for many countries of the world,
including some of the large emitters. For the first time ever, the Government
of Canada is putting in place mandatory reduction targets for all industries
that produce greenhouse gases.
    As a result of the Plan, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions from all
sources will begin to decline as early as 2010 and no later than 2012.
Canada's total emissions of greenhouse gases will be reduced, relative to 2006
levels, by 20 percent by 2020 and by 60 to 70 percent by 2050.
    "One of the important issues to note is that meetings like these are
complementary to, but not a replacement for, the United Nations process on
fighting climate change," said Minister Baird. "Canada is committed to
continuing to work forcefully within the United Nations, understanding that it
is key to achieving global results."

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (613) 286-6064 (cell phone); Environment Canada
Media Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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