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News Release

Canada’s emissions historically low

DOHA, Qatar – December 6, 2012 – Per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada are at an historic low. The latest data indicates that Canadians emitted an average of 20.3 tonnes of GHG in 2010, the lowest level since tracking began in 1990.

“The data collected shows that between 2005 and 2010, GHG emissions decreased by 6.5% despite an economic growth of 6.3%,” said Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent. “These numbers demonstrate that the Canadian economy can grow without increasing GHG emissions levels.”

The Government of Canada is taking a sector-by-sector approach to reducing GHG emissions that achieves real environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians.

 Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report, released in April 2012, highlights that compared with 2005 levels, emissions in 2010 have declined in almost all sectors, including oil and gas and electricity generation.

The Government of Canada's overall climate change strategy aims to reduce GHG emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. To achieve this goal, Canada is taking a sector-by-sector approach and has already taken action on two of Canada’s largest sources of emissions—transportation and electricity.

For more information on Canada’s work to reduce GHGs, visit

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Adam Sweet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment

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