Canada's Quebec province sets ambitious emissions cutting goal

08:27, November 24, 2009      

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Canada's French-speaking Quebec province on Monday unveiled a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, which is much more ambitious than Ottawa's 20 percent cut from 2006 levels by 2020.

Premier Jean Charest announced the plan ahead of a trip to next month's United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen.

The goal would place Quebec with the European Union and other North American regions which have set aggressive targets.

Charest said the new threshold would reduce the province's per habitant emissions from 11 million tones to eight tones. By comparison, Europe only plans to reduce its emissions to nine million tones.

The Conservative federal government, which gave up on Canada's Kyoto targets, now has a plan of reducing climate-changing emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2020, a goal which has been criticized as been too low.

From 1990 to 2006, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions rose by at least 25 percent.

The Conservative government has said the Kyoto goals are unrealistic, demanding binding targets for all nations.

Source: Xinhua
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