Canada’s emissions historically low; Country will invest in Climate Change solutions in Developing Countries

DOHA, Qatar – December 7, 2012 / As the 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is near the end and countries in Doha are discussing their next steps in halting climate change, not missing the opportunity to criticize US President Barack Obama for not considering global warming as a priority issue, good news are coming from Canada – per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in this country have been at the lowest level ever, since measurements of this climate change indicator started in 1990. The latest data indicates that an average of 20.3 tons of GHG was emitted in Canada in 2010. Moreover, initiatives will be made to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries.

Honourable Peter Kent at the UNFCC annual summit in Doha, Qatar

Honourable Peter Kent at the UNFCC annual summit in Doha, Qatar

“The data collected shows that between 2005 and 2010, GHG emissions decreased by 6.5% despite an economic growth of 6.3%,” said Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent. “These numbers demonstrate that the Canadian economy can grow without increasing GHG emissions levels.”

The aim of the Government of Canada’s overall climate change strategy is to reduce GHG emissions by 17% by 2020. This relates to the emission levels from 2005.

To achieve this, sector-by-sector approach, which achieves real environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians, has been applied and action on two of Canada’s largest sources of emissions—transportation and electricity—have already been taken.

The Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report from April 2012 confirms a progress in reducing GHG emissions – compared with 2005 levels, emissions in 2010 have declined in almost all sectors, including oil and gas and electricity generation.

In addition to this, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, announced today a number of key initiatives to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries, saying that “Canada continues to deliver on its commitment to support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change.”

“Canadian fast-start financing is providing concrete help for some of the most vulnerable countries and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through investments in climate-friendly growth,” said Minister Kent.

Some of the planned $1.2 billion funding from the Canadian Fast-Start Financing commitment, under the Copenhagen Accord, for the fiscal years 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/2013, will support:

  • The Catalyst Fund, managed by the International Finance Corporation ($75 million), to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, agriculture, and forestry sectors;
  • The Asian Development Bank, to establish a Canadian Climate Fund for the private sector in Asia ($76 million), to invest in projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and infrastructure, and climate resilience.
  • The United Nations Development Programme ($16.5 million), for adaptation projects in least developed countries.

For more information on Canada’s work to reduce GHGs, as well as Fast-Start Financing, please visit climatechange.gc.ca.

Source: Environment Canada