Canada Sets Green Example

Ontario's 2nd annual report on climate change, released on Wednesday, has led environmentalists to the conclusion that the province is making a lot of progress toward reducing carbon emissions.

Steps forward toward achieving carbon reduction targets include the implementation of energy efficient systems, enabling energy savings and cost reductions.

According to the report, Ontario has already achieved 71% of its carbon reduction target for 2014, and 56% of its 2020 reduction goal.

These results can be achieved through the use of energy saving products, requiring lower energy consumption, thereby minimising the impact of a business' activity on the world's natural resources, and reducing its carbon footprint.

In order to reach the recent standards set by governments, the major ally will be energy efficiency, allowing business owners to save significant amounts of money by saving energy on the most essential appliances all businesses use - lighting, refrigeration, motors and air conditioning.

Conventional equipment can waste enormous amounts of energy, which increases carbon emissions and also usurps a lot of hard-earned money. Upgrading to energy efficient solutions is the best way of ensuring a considerable decrease in energy usage, maintenance costs and carbon emissions.

Ontario's 2014 target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 1990 levels. This percentage rises to 15% for the province's 2020 reduction target. This equates to 10 tonnes emissions/person, which is just under 50% of the current national average, according to the Climate Change Action Plan annual report.

Environment Minister, John Gerretsen, thinks that Ontario has "come a long way" in several climate change initiatives.

Environmentalists were generally pleased by the report and noted a blatant contrast between results achieved by Ontario and Quebec in relation to climate change combat efforts.

This report was issued in the run up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen, due to begin on December 7th, where leaders of 180 countries will be gathering in the hope of establishing an accord that will replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Canada has one of the least ambitious targets for carbon emissions reduction, yet its CO2 emissions are over 30% higher than they were upon signing to Kyoto treaty 12 years ago.

Thursday 3rd December 2009

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