Canada fails to meet greenhouse gas emission targets

Dec 14, 1996 01:00 AM

Canada said it will fail to meet its goal to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000, but vowed to strengthen its efforts to combat global warming. Canada was among several countries at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit that committed to reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane -- the two most common gases which scientists believe contribute to global warming. Canadian emissions of greenhouse gases were 9.4 % above 1990 levels last year, and are expected to stay 8 % above 1990 levels by the year 2000. Canada's higher emissions are due to a growing population and stronger economy which boosted energy consumption. The federal government unveiled a package of initiatives, including plans to strengthen a programme which asks industry to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Pembina Institute of Appropriate Development said earlier this week that increased activity in Alberta's oilpatch is playing a large part in Canada's failure to see a reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) said its figures show emissions per unit of production have been reduced by about 10 % from 1990 to 1995. While oil and natural gas production has increased by 33 % over the five-year period, carbon dioxide emissions increased only 19 %.

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