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PostPosted: January 9th, 2010, 2:36 am 
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By KEVIN DOUGHERTY, The GazetteJanuary 8, 2010Comments (4)



While Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper were criticized for taking a weak position on greenhouse-gas reductions at the recent Copenhagen meeting on climate change, Canada is among the first countries to sign the Copenhagen agreement.

The Bloomberg news agency reported that Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and the Maldives were the first to notify the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of their wish to be associated with the Copenhagen accord.

Under a last-minute deal, ironed out by President Barack Obama along with Brazil, South Africa, India and China, countries wishing to adhere must do so by Jan. 31.

Bloomberg also said Cuba was the only nation so far to say it doesn't want to be associated with the plan, which calls for keeping the increase in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius.

The plan commits developed economies to provide the developing world $100 billion U.S. by 2020 to help them deal with their greenhouse- gas emissions.

But unlike the previous Kyoto agreement, the Copenhagen accord does not set overall targets for reducing greenhouse gases.

Countries adhering will list their targets in an annex to the December agreement.

Yesterday, Steven Blaney, Conservative MP for Lévis-Bellechasse, confirmed Canada has told the UNFCCC, it is sticking to its target of a 20-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020, using a 2006 starting date.

The international benchmark of greenhouse-gas reductions is 1990, and relative to that date, Canada's target in fact is a three-per-cent reduction.

Blaney said Canada is working with the United States at establishing a continental cap-and-trade plan, which will set maximum limits on greenhouse emissions by industries, allowing them to sell credits if they are under the limit or buy credits if they are over.

Blaney also said Canada now is focused on the next global climate-change summit in Mexico City in December, when Canada hopes a binding agreement can be achieved.

Blaney met reporters to promote the Nemo, an electric delivery vehicle developed and built in his riding, which he says as part of the solution.

The Quebec National Assembly has acquired a Nemo, and Blaney pledged, without making a firm commitment, to encourage the federal government to acquire Nemo delivery vehicles as well.

kdougherty@thegazette.canwest.com
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