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Manitoba, Ottawa sign MOU on climate change co-operation
WINNIPEG, MAN-On March 19, the federal and Manitoba governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Co-operation on Addressing Climate Change. This is the third federal-provincial/territorial climate change MOU to be signed since Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol in December 2002. Environment Minister David Anderson signed the MOU for the federal government, while Manitoba Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Tim Sale signed on behalf of the province. The MOU commits the two governments to pursue co-operation on renewable energy development opportunities, promotion of energy-efficiency practices, assessment of climate change impacts, development of adaptation strategies and promotion of individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They will also seek ways to maximize greenhouse gas reduction and elimination in the agricultural sector. "Manitoba was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to outline its plan to address the challenges of climate change," Sale noted. Manitoba's Climate Change Action Plan - 2002: Kyoto and Beyond, released in October 2002, sets out initiatives aimed at meeting or surpassing the Kyoto target. It addresses the energy, transportation and agriculture sectors including hydroelectricity, hydrogen development, ethanol production, energy efficiency, solar power and methane capture. The MOU is consistent with the commitments in the province's action plan.