Ottawa will miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets in the Kyoto Protocol

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Canada probably will miss far its objectives established in the Kyoto Protocol, acknowledged Thursday for the first time, the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The ministry confirmed Deputy Minister George Anderson's statement that it would be surprising if Canada could even meet two-thirds of its commitments. Mr. Anderson had expressed his doubts at a conference in Australia nearly three months ago. His speeches had never been reported by the press in Canada, but they were picked up by a Washington trade magazine, the Energy Daily. "Like many other countries, Canada faces a great challenge and the remarks of the Deputy Minister are therefore consistent with the current situation," said Ghyslain Charron, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Charron added that the government intends to "continue to work with the international community, industry, various levels of government, communities and all Canadians to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions". According to Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute, an environmental think tank, it is clear that the government's strategy based on the adoption of voluntary measures does not work.
The delegates of 180 countries that were reunited in 1997 in Kyoto in Japan were agreed to a reduction of six gas 5,2 greenhouse percent between 2008 and 2012, from the levels of 1990. Canada was personally committed to a reduction of 6 percent. But in fact, the emission of these gases have increased by 20 percent in Canada since 1990.
In spite of everything, Mr. Bramley welcomed Mr. Anderson's statements, and even found it "refreshing" to hear honest admission that "Canada is not doing enough to meet its Kyoto targets."

According to him, if the government is struggling to meet its objectives, it is because he is afraid to pay a political price for the adoption of binding legislation.

Sources: Canadian Press, 02 / 12 / 2004
Editor: Marianne Lancelot, OTTAWA,
st-cafr@ambafrance-ca.org

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