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January 16th, 2008
Canada’s Environment Minister Responds to NRTEE Report

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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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