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8th Annual Report - 2002-2003

Progress in Pollution Prevention 2002-2003 (8th Annual Report) (PDF; 1.08 MB)

Message from the Minister of the Environment

I am pleased to present the Government of Canada's eighth annual report on Progress in Pollution Prevention report, which illustrates the operational and policy advances the federal government made between April 2002 and March 2003.

The activities described in this report implement Pollution Prevention - A Federal Strategy for Action (1995), the Government's policy for advancing pollution prevention as a priority approach to environmental protection. This approach to environmental protection often offers important economic and health benefits by making better decisions about how we do business.

This report is a clear indication that federal departments are committed to taking a more sustainable approach to environmental protection in Canada. Our first report, published for the year 1995-1996, included information submitted by six departments. With the 2002-2003 report, I am pleased to acknowledge the contributions of 26 government departments and agencies that are making pollution prevention a reality in their everyday operations. As a whole, they are promoting the preventive ethic, through policy, legislation, and national and international programs.

Throughout 2002-2003, the federal government continued to implement measures that will reduce the impact of its operations on air quality and climate change. Initiatives such as the Federal House in Order are addressing the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions from federally owned or operated buildings. These efforts not only help us meet our commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, but show that the federal government is fully committed to sustainable development.

I hope that you will enjoy reading Progress in Pollution Prevention 2002-2003. It clearly demonstrates that we are moving closer to our goals of having clean air, clean water and a healthy environment for future generations of Canadians.

– The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment

Message from the Minister