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Evaluation of the International Actions Theme of the Clean Air Agenda

November 2010

Report Clearance Steps

Planning phase completed – March 2009
Report sent for management response – May 2010
Management response received – June 2010
Report completed – June 2010
Report approved by Departmental Evaluation Committee – November 2010

Acronyms used in the report

ADM: Assistant Deputy Minister
APEC: Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation
APP: Asia–Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
ARAF: Accountability, Risk and Audit Framework
AWG: Ad Hoc Working Group
CAA: Clean Air Agenda
CAA–RMS: Clean Air Agenda Results Management Secretariat
CARA: Clean Air Regulatory Agenda
CCME: Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
CCS: Carbon capture and storage
CED: Clean Energy Dialogue
CESD: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
COP: Conference of the Parties
CSLF: Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
DFAIT: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
DG: Director General
DGMC: Director General Management Committee
DGTLCC: Director General Theme Leads Coordinating Committee
DM: Deputy Minister
EC: Environment Canada
EGTT: Expert Group on Technology Transfer
G&C: Grants and contributions
GHG: Greenhouse gas
HMARF: Horizontal Management and Accountability Reporting Framework
IEA: International Energy Agency
IC: Industry Canada
IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ITL: International Transaction Log
LDCs: Least Developed Countries
LEG: Least Developed Countries Expert Group
LULUCF: Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry
M2M: Methane to Markets
MEF: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate
NGO: Non-governmental organization
NOx: Nitrogen oxides
NRCan: Natural Resources Canada
OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PEMA: Pollution Emission Management Area
PIC: Policy and Implementation Committee
PM: Particulate matter
REEEP: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
SIDS: Small Island Developing States
SO2: Sulphur dioxide
UNFCCC: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency


The Evaluation Project Team was led by Linda Lee, under the direction of the Environment Canada Evaluation Director, Shelley Borys, and included Dorota Geissel and Heather Low from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Alan Amey and Annette Hollas from Natural Resources Canada; and Rosemary Clarke from Environment Canada. The Team would also like to thank all individuals who provided assistance to the project, including:

  • all interviewees who provided their insights on the International Actions Theme;
  • the expert focus group members, who provided critical analysis and opinions on the Clean Air Agenda’s international accomplishments and challenges; and
  • all departmental personnel who responded to our inquiries and requests for documentary evidence, and provided detailed comments crucial to the development of this report and the associated appendices.

This report was prepared for Environment Canada by Stratos, Inc., in collaboration with Marbek and with Environmental and Management Consultants.

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