News Release

Canada Lists Emissions Target under the Copenhagen Accord

CALGARY, Alta. -- February 1, 2010 -- Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, announced on Saturday, January 30, 2010, the submission of Canada’s 2020 emissions reduction target under the Copenhagen Accord. Canada’s target, a 17 per cent reduction from 2005 levels, is completely aligned with the U.S. target, and is subject to adjustment to remain consistent. Canada’s target is contingent on all major emitters associating with the Accord.  

“This Government will act on the Copenhagen Accord because it is consistent with Canada’s stated position on climate change and because it moves us closer to our ultimate goal of becoming a clean energy superpower,” said Minister Prentice in a speech today in Calgary.  “We took our first step down that road on Sunday, January 31, 2010.”

The Government of Canada has consistently emphasized the importance of harmonizing our approach to climate change with that of the United States as a means of maximizing progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining economic competitiveness and prosperity

We have already taken important steps to achieve this goal, including through the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue and implementing harmonizing passenger vehicle emission standards.

Fully aligning our 2020 emission reduction target is another important step.

“It is absolutely counter-productive and utterly pointless for Canada and Canadian businesses to strike out on their own, to set and to pursue targets that will ultimately create barriers to trade and put us at a competitive disadvantage,” said Minister Prentice.

The Government of Canada is committed to undertaking the aggressive action required to achieve this target.

Canada will continue to work constructively to implement the Copenhagen Accord and to support the negotiations under the UNFCCC of a comprehensive, legally binding climate change agreement.

For more information, please contact:

Frédéric Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Environment Canada Media Relations
819-934-8008
1-888-908-8008