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October 9, 2000

Canada pledges C$500 million to cut emissions

The Canadian government said on Friday it would spend up to C$500 million ($335 million) to meet one-third of its Kyoto Protocol commitment of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The investment, which will be confirmed in the 2001 federal budget, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 65 megatonnes per year when the plan is fully implemented in 2008, the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment said.

"By acting now and continuing to invest in innovation and technology, we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, sustain economic and job growth, and increase Canadian competitiveness," said Natural Resources Minister Ralph Goodale.

Investment will focus on a number of areas including transportation, energy production, agriculture and forestry, government operations and marketing of Canadian technologies abroad.

The announcement comes just over one month before an international meeting at The Hague where governments will detail their strategies on how to achieve greenhouse gas reductions promised under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Under Kyoto, a United Nations treaty negotiated in Japan, developed countries undertook to reduce emissions by an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-2012.

The Canadian government sees demand for transportation outpacing efficiencies so it said it will promote the use of new fuels such as ethanol, and start the "shift of consumer behavior now."

A large percentage of emissions comes from electrical utilities, and oil and gas production, and the government said it would spend money on technology to find better ways to capture and store energy.

Also, Ottawa will support the promotion of technologies including fuel cells and other alternative forms of energy production in overseas markets in order to receive emission credits.

"We plan to work very closely with companies such as Ballard, and other major companies that have a big stake in dealing with the climate change problem...in order to refine the various proposals and make the final decisions about exactly what the distribution of funds is," said an environment ministry spokeswoman.  


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