Environment Canada recently published, as required by the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (the Implementation Act), an annual plan highlighting Canada’s compliance with various requirements under the Kyoto Protocol, such as submitting national reports to the UNFCCC. The plan continues to emphasize the government’s view that achieving the country’s broader Kyoto emissions-reduction commitment is not economically feasible, and advocates instead for long-term targets achieved in concert with other major economies, particularly the United States. The Implementation Act came into force on June 22, 2007, requiring the federal government to take actions designed to ensure that Canada meets its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol; specifically, it requires the Minister of the Environment to prepare and report on the implementation of a climate change plan that describes how the government will ensure that Canada reduces its emissions by 6% below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.

For further details, please see www.ec.gc.ca/doc/ed-es/KPIA2009/tdm-toc_eng.htm.