Ontario Calls For Canadian Leadership On Climate Change

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Ontario Calls For Canadian Leadership On Climate Change

BALI, Dec. 10 - Today at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen reiterated Premier McGuinty's call to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to develop a real climate change plan for Canada. Gerretsen joined with Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp today in Bali at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. "The world community is gathered here to achieve reductions and prevent more serious climate impacts," said Gerretsen. "The next few days provide a real opportunity for Canada as well as other developed countries to demonstrate its role as a world leader by adopting deep and absolute emission reductions." The Ontario government announced in June new greenhouse gas reduction targets. These targets include a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2014, 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. Ontario will achieve these targets while creating a more diverse, sustainable economy for the province. Minister Gerretsen emphasized the details in Ontario's Go Green Action Plan which demonstrates Ontario's leadership, including: - phasing out the use of coal for generating electricity; - investing over $17 billion in public transit initiatives; - establishing a 1.8 million acre greenbelt to protect important natural systems from urban sprawl; - developing the Places to Grow Act which promotes urban intensification and communities connected by public transit; - developing an aggressive new building code; - passing new energy efficiency standards; and, - developing an aggressive renewable energy policy. Contact Info Minister Gerretsen called on Canada's federal Environment Minister John Baird to develop an effective emissions trading system with real caps on industrial emissions, real reductions over time, and with the same 1990 baseline used by almost all of the international community. "The international scientific community has spoken with one clear voice calling on the conference delegates to reach agreement on a process to achieve real reductions in greenhouse gases", said Gerretsen. "The people that I am meeting here from all corners of the world, whether it is representatives of business, environmental groups or political leaders from other jurisdictions have heard this call and are willing to act. The Bali conference represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate real leadership to address the crisis of our generation." www.ontario.ca/environment Disponible en français For further information: John Steele, Ministry of the Environment, (416) 314-6666; Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 314-6736; Contact information for the general public: (416) 325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: John Steele, Ministry of the Environment, (416) 314-6666; Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 314-6736; Contact information for the general public: (416) 325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923