Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Copenhagen Accord: Canada to Reduce its GHG Emissions by 17%

It is no coincidence that one day after the United States pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 17%, the Canadian government announced that it would reduce its emissions by the same amount.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said, “It’s a target we think is achievable with the correct public policies. We know we can achieve that target, we're prepared to stand behind it and other countries will now have to do the same,” he said.

Canada is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 17% below 2005 levels over the next decade. Canada is one of serveral nations that signed the Copenhagen Accord during COP15 last December, according to the agreement, each nation was to set its target goal by Jan. 31.

“The objective of this announcement is to fulfill our obligations under the Copenhagen Accord.” Although the accord is not legally binding, Prentice claims Canada is working to change that.

“What is important is that we now proceed to achieve a comprehensive agreement that we, over the course of the coming year, translate the agreement in principal that was arrived at in Copenhagen, into a binding international treaty that applies to all target emitters, including China and the United States,” Prentice said.

“In terms of motor vehicles, starting in 2011 we will have continental tailpipe emission standards. We’re also moving forward in harmonization with air transport emissions, marine emissions, as well as heavy vehicles. We’ll deal specifically with the oilsands, we’ll deal with all sources of emissions,” said Prentice.

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Melody said...

Canada always did say they would follow whatever the US did at Copenhagen so this comes as no surprise.

I hope they live up to it. Being Canadian, I plan to use my voice and my vote to do what I can to keep us to our promises.

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Hamza said...

Concerns over the accord exist; some of the key criticisms include:
The accord itself is not legally binding
No decision was taken on whether to agree a legally binding successor or complement to the Kyoto Protocol.
The accord sets no real targets to achieve in emissions reductions.
The accord was drafted by only five countries.
The deadline for assessment of the accord was drafted as 6 years, by 2015.
The mobilisation of 100 billion dollars per year to developing countries will not be fully in place until 2020.
There is no guarantee or information on where the climate funds will come from.
There is no agreement on how much individual countries would contribute to or benefit from any funds.
COP delegates only "took note" of the Accord rather than adopting it.
The head of the G77 has said it will only secure the economic security of a few nations.
There is not an international approach to technology.
Forgets fundamental sectoral mitigation, as transportation.
It shows biases in silent ways such as the promotion of incentives on low gas-emitting countries.