So it is confirmed we are leaving the church of Kyoto. I am very pleased.
Environment Minister Peter Kent. (MELANIE COLLEU/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent has confirmed Canada will not be part of a second Kyoto Protocol to fight climate change.
“We believe that ultimately a new agreement that includes all of the world’s major emitters (of greenhouse gases) in both the developing and the developed world is the only way to materially reduce annual mega-tonnage to the point we can work to prevent global warming hitting or exceeding two degrees,” Kent said from the climate conference in Durban, South Africa.
So, when the Kyoto Protocol, which Canada signed in 1997, expires in 2012 Canada’s participation in the agreement will also expire.
The Conservatives have long criticized the Kyoto Protocol for not requiring countries with far higher carbon dioxide emissions, such as China, India, and Brazil, to join the fight against global warming.
Japan and Russia have also announced they will not be taking part in negotiations to develop a new Kyoto extension from 2013 to 2017.
Kent added that Canada would continue to pursue a modest target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020.