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News Release

Canada’s Environment Minister Takes Another Step Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – September 12, 2011 – Today, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico’s Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Elvira Quesada, to increase cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Mexico’s waste management sector.

“Canada and its continental neighbour has a strong bilateral relationship on environmental issues, and this agreement strengthens our commitment to work together to reduce our emissions,” said Minister Kent.

The purpose of this MOU is to provide solutions to help reduce Mexico’s methane emissions by diverting organic matter from landfills, capturing methane gas, and using it as a new source of energy.

Methane is a short-lived climate forcer and reducing its emissions would have benefits for air quality and public health while helping to address climate change. Canada will work with Mexico and share information and expertise in this area in order to advance our commitment to reduce emissions globally.  

Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico's Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Elvira Quesada

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Lantsman
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

Gloria Antonetti
Communication and Media Relations
Canadian Embassy
(011-52-55) 5724-7960
(044-55) 5217-8085 (cellular)

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