McGuinty Government's Approach To Climate Change Demonstrates Leadership

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McGuinty Government's Approach To Climate Change Demonstrates Leadership

Environment Minister Speaks At State Leadership Roundtable On Climate
Change
BALI, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Ontario's Go Green Action Plan was front and centre in Bali as Environment Minister John Gerretsen presented it to a group of sub-national governments that are leading the world in the fight against climate change. Gerretsen made the presentation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as part of a round table organized by the Climate Group, an international non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom. The round table heard from premiers, ministers and secretaries representing Victoria, Australia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Basque Region in Spain; New York State; California; Ontario; Manitoba; and Quebec, and among others. "Provinces and states in North America and worldwide are reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change," said Gerretsen. "I was pleased to be able to address this panel of leaders and share key elements of Ontario's action plan on climate change with them." "Climate change is the greatest challenge facing us all," said Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group. "Today's Roundtable represents key state and provincial governments that are fast making a real difference in addressing how best to reduce climate change causing emissions. Ontario has not only set ambitious targets, but with the leadership of Premier McGuinty and Minister Gerretsen, has developed strong policies and programs to deliver on those targets." Last June, Ontario announced 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 and sustainable economy for the province. Minister Gerretsen emphasized the details in Ontario's Go Green Action Plan, which demonstrates Ontario's leadership including:
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- phasing out the use of coal for generating electricity;
- investing over $17 billion in 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.
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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