Minister Aglukkaq Travels to Norway to Attend the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
OTTAWA, Sept. 1, 2013
OTTAWA, Sept. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will travel to Oslo, Norway
from September 2-3 to participate in the high-level assembly of the
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate
Pollutants. As chair of the Arctic Council, she will also meet with
Arctic experts on Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship initiatives
"As an Arctic nation, Canada profoundly understands the climate and
public health benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, such
as black carbon and methane," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I look forward
to meeting with my international colleagues to advance the collective
efforts of the CCAC."
Canada's North is especially sensitive to the effects of black carbon as
there is an additional warming effect when deposited onto snow and
ice. Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants is an
integral part of Canada's broader climate change and clean air agenda,
and the Arctic Council program during Canada's chairmanship.
The Government of Canada's is taking strong action at home to reduce
short-lived climate pollutants. Measures include:
Regulations to reduce air pollutants from on-road and off-road vehicles,
marine shipping in Canadian coastal waters, and the Canadian rail
Greenhouse gas regulations for the coal-fired electricity sector.
The Air Quality Management System which will provide stringent air
quality limits for fine particulate matter, ground-level ozone, and new
standards for nitrogen dioxide.
Canada is proud to be a founding member, lead partner and the largest
financial contributor of the CCAC - the first global effort to treat
these pollutants as a collective challenge. The work of the CCAC is
complementary to that of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change, where Canada is working with other Parties to achieve
substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, notably through
negotiations on a new international climate change agreement with
commitments by all major emitters.