Statement - Canada's Environment Minister Responds to NRTEE Report

    OTTAWA, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird
today commented on the report provided by the National Roundtable on the
Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) titled "Getting to 2050: Canada's
Transition to a Low-emission Future".
    "Our Government recognizes that climate change is one of the greatest
challenges facing the world today and we have demonstrated leadership by
taking real action to tackle this issue - many of which have been now
recommended in the NRTEE's report," said Minister Baird. "We agree that we
must work in concert with the world, that policy certainty beyond the
short-term is central, that technology deployment is imperative, and that an
integrated approach to climate change and air pollution should be pursued."
    Minister Baird added that the Government is taking action to regulate
industry, has delivered programs to encourage Canadians to drive more
fuel-efficient vehicles or use public transit, and invested in clean energy
technology such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and tidal power. He
also noted that the Government is working with its provincial and territorial
counterparts and that $1.5 billion was delivered to the provinces for projects
that produce real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
    The NRTEE also recognized that unless countries like China, India, the
United States, Brazil and Russia make medium to long term commitments towards
reducing their emissions, there is a greater economic risk for Canada.
    The report was prepared in response to a request by the Minister of the
Environment in the fall of 2006.
    "As we continue the process of setting out the detailed regulations that
are part of our integrated Turning the Corner plan to cut greenhouse gases and
industrial air pollution, we will consider the roundtable's recommendations"
concluded Minister Baird.

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For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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