Canada’s Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased In 2008

The government of Canada's annual report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions shows a decrease in total emissions for 2008. The annual national GHG inventory report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a summary of data on Canada's GHG emissions at the national, provincial and sector levels.

Canada's total GHG emissions dropped 2.1% in 2008. In 2008, emissions were about 734 megatonnes, which represents a decrease of 16 megatonnes from the updated 2007 total of 750 megatonnes, and a 6.2 megatonnes, or 0.8%, decrease over the last five years.

The decrease in emissions between 2007 and 2008 is attributed to Canada's efforts to use greater amounts of clean energy power generation – which is part of the government's efforts to target GHG production – and to the slow-down in economic growth at the end of 2008, according to Environment Canada.

The Clean Energy Fund, which invests in research and development for green technologies, has spent $795 million over five years. In addition, $1 billion has been spent over five years for the Green Infrastructure Fund, which invests in green and sustainable infrastructure.

SOURCE: Environment Canada

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