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A Climate Change Plan for the Purposes of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act 2012

Updates to the 2011 Plan

While the 2012 KPIA Plan has no new measures to report, new data on Canada’s emissions has been made available since the release of the previous Plan.

On April 11, 2012, Environment Canada released the 2012 National Inventory Report. This report provides historical GHG emission data up to 2010.  Overall, emissions in 2010 were 692 Mt, 48 Mt lower than 2005 levels. This is a 0.25% increase over 2009 levels, despite a 3.2% growth in Canada’s GDP.  Per capita GHG emissions were also at a historic low of 20.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per person, their lowest level since tracking began in 1990.

The report also indicated that 2010 emissions were 29 Mt lower than what had been projected in the 2011 KPIA Plan. This suggests that we are making more progress than anticipated toward achieving Canada’s target of reducing economy-wide GHG emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, or 607 Mt.

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