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News Release

Canada’s Environment Minister Discusses Environmental Technologies in Montreal

MONTREAL, Que. – March 19, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, spoke today at AMERICANA 2013, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, about the Government of Canada’s engagement toward clean technology. This unique forum encourages scientific, technical and commercial dialogue and allows expertise to be disseminated on an international scale.

“The Government of Canada is proud to be participating in another edition of AMERICANA,” said Minister Kent. “We recognize that ideas and innovation are changing how we interact with our environment. That is why we are offering strong leadership—working with businesses and our international partners—to protect the environment and encourage environmental technologies.”

Minister Kent outlined the Government of Canada’s commitment to actively support business efforts to develop innovative and sustainable solutions, advance technologies and promote a green economy. For example:

  • Supporting Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not-for-profit foundation that acts as a catalyst for building sustainable development technology infrastructure and is a significant driver of environmental innovation in Canada.
  • Investing $61.8 million to fund 23 projects ranging from an innovative, environmentally-friendly way to control bacteria in crops to making heating and air conditioning systems more energy efficient.
  • Taking a sector-by-sector approach to address all major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, introducing new standards to safeguard our environment, stimulate our economy and spur innovation.
  • Investing $1.2 billion in fast-start financing to support climate change action and leverage private sector investment for projects in developing countries with a focus on sectors such as clean technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, agriculture, and forestry.

All of these efforts—both internationally and in Canada—are driving innovation in environmental technology. 

The Government of Canada has been taking part in AMERICANA since its first conference in 1995.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

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