April 10, 2006

Environment Minister says Kyoto target is impossible for Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – Environment Minister Rona Ambrose has stated that it is impossible for Canada to reach its Kyoto target, and must set more realistic targets for cutting greenhouse gases.

Ambrose said that, based on unpublished government figures, Canada’s emissions have climbed by almost 30 per cent since 1990; under the Kyoto treaty, Canada must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels, by the period between 2008 and 2012. The most recently published figures of the 2003 greenhouse gas inventory showed that Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions had climbed 24 per cent from 1990 to 2003. The largest increase was in the electricity and heating sector, followed by light-duty gasoline trucks, then heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Ambrose will preside over the next round of Kyoto talks on April 15 in Bonn, and said that she will consider setting new targets in light of the fact that member countries and international partners are finding themselves in the same position.

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