Canada Pledges to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30 Percent

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In an official announcement earlier today, Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said that Canada will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of an ambitious new plan.

This comes after recent statistics have shown that the country will not meet its initial goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

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The plan calls for new regulations in the chemical and nitrogen fertilizer sector, natural gas-fired electricity generation, as well as the oil and gas industry.

“First, Canada intends to develop regulations aligned with actions recently proposed by the United States to reduce methane from the oil and gas sector,” Aglukkaq said in a statement.

“For the electricity sector, Canada played a leadership role by becoming the first major coal user in the world to ban the construction of traditional coal-fired power plants,” she added.

Aglukkaq expressed confidence that Canada’s new actions would “lead to significant reductions in emissions while ensuring Canadian companies remain competitive… We will continue to reduce Canada’s emissions while protecting the economy.”

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According to Fox News, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government confirmed today that it has formally submitted the new plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This and other reductions beyond 2020 will be discussed at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December.

The United States has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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