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 the statements of the Deputy Minister George Anderson saying it would be surprising that Canada can reach even two-thirds of its commitments. Anderson had his doubts formula at a conference in Australia, there are nearly three months. His words had never been reports in the press in Canada, but they were taken by a specialized magazine in Washington on Energy Daily. "Like many other countries, Canada is confronted with a very big challenge and what the deputy minister are Coherent with the current situation", declared Thursday the spokesman of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ghyslain Charron.

Mr. Charron said the government intended to "continue to work with the international community, industry, all levels of government, communities and all Canadians to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)." According to Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute, an environmental laboratory of thought, it is clear that the government's strategy based on voluntary measures do 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.
Despite everything, Mr. Bramley is congratulated declarations of Mr. Anderson, and even found "refreshing" to hear an honest admission that "Canada is not doing enough to reach its objectives on Kyoto."

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,


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