February 21, 2005

Ottawa asks NRTEE to advise on long-term energy, climate change strategy for Canada

With the coming into force of the Kyoto Protocol, Prime Minister Paul Martin has asked the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE) to propose advice on:

- Engaging the United States and developing countries in any post-2012 climate change regime, including the potential contribution from a Leaders G20 forum and the 2005 meeting of the G8;

- Improving the operation of the Clean Development Mechanism to speed project approvals and meet developing country commitments on technology transfer;

- Integrating climate change objectives into Canadian foreign policy, trade and aid objectives;

- Maximizing trade opportunities, especially exports of environmental technologies arising from using the credit and emissions trading mechanisms in the Kyoto Protocol; and

- Participating in the emerging global carbon credit and emissions trading markets, including options for linking Canada's domestic emissions trading regime to other countries' domestic regimes.

Martin has also requested that the NRTEE develop advice on a long-term strategic energy and climate change policy for Canada which will:

- set the course for the 21st century economy to 2030-2050;

- position Canada to compete in a carbon-constrained world, including business and sub-national government opportunities and options for aligning policies and incentives to make Canada a leader in renewable energy, efficiency and conservation;

- consider options for post-2012 greenhouse gas reduction targets, including the second commitment period and beyond (2050-2080) in keeping with objectives aimed at stabilizing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and minimizing temperature increases.

In considering options the NRTEE will assess, among others, approaches taken by the United Kingdom and Japan.

New NRTEE appointments

Last week as well, the Prime Minister named 12 new members of the NRTEE, including recommendation of former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray as the new chair. Murray is currently research associate for the Centre for Urban and Community Studies and a visiting scholar and urban policy co-ordinator at the University of Toronto. His nomination will be referred to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development. The other new members are as follows.

Elyse Allan, of Toronto, is president and CEO of GE Canada, a position she has held since October 2004. She also heads the Providence Healthcare board and is a member of the Public Policy Forum Board of Directors, the Board of Governors for the Canadian Council on Unity and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Allan also served as the CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Allan Amey, of Calgary, led the establishment of Climate Change Central, a private-public partnership set up by the Alberta government in partnership with industry, institutions, the environmental community, municipalities, and individual Albertans to reduce or off-set greenhouse gas emissions. He has been its president and CEO since 2000.

Katherine M. Bergman, of Winnipeg, is Dean of Science and Professor of Geology at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. She holds a BSc (Honours Biology) from the University of Waterloo, a MSc Geology (Palaeontology) and a PhD Geology (Sedimentology) from McMaster University. This is Dr Bergman's second appointment to the NRTEE.

Richard Drouin, of Quebec City, is chairman of the board for Abitibi Consolidated (pulp and paper) and Stelco (metallurgy), and a former chair and CEO of Hydro-QuÈbec. He also heads the board of North American Electric Reliability Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as well as chairman of Laval University's board of trustees.

Stephen Kakfwi, of Yellowknife, was elected Premier of the Northwest Territories in January, 2000. He served as president of the Dene Nation from 1983 to 1987 before being elected to the Legislative Assembly. He served in Cabinet for twelve years, holding a number of portfolios in resources, wildlife and economic development, education, housing, safety and public services, Aboriginal rights, personnel, Workers' Compensation Board and justice.

David Kerr, of Toronto, Ontario, is chairman of Noranda and a former vice-chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as well as former chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Manon Laporte, of Fleurimont, Quèbec, has been president and CEO of Enviro-Access since its inception in 1993. She had previously established her own international development company, before being appointed industrial commissioner responsible for technologial development and international canvassing, for the Sociètè de dÈveloppement Èconomique de la rÈgion sherbrookoise. She has worked for over 15 years in the technological development sector.

Audrey McLaughlin, of Whitehorse, served as leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 1989 to 1995, the first woman elected to lead a federal party in Canada. Most recently she worked in Morocco as the director of political party programs for the National Democratic Institute.

Dee Parkinson-Marcoux, of Gibsons, BC, is best known for transforming Suncor's oil sands group from a marginal operation to a highly profitable business. Currently a director on the boards of SNC Lavalin and Placer Dome, she heads the committees responsible for environment on both of these boards. She also serves as a director for Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) and Ensyn Energy.

Darren Allan Riggs, of Charlottetown, is marketing and sales manager for Superior Sanitation Services. He has established several recycling and waste hauling programs, including commercial cardboard separation, PEI Liquor Commission's recycling program and the separation and re-use of building and construction materials from the Confederation Bridge.

Robert Schad, of Toronto, is the founder, president and CEO of Husky Injection Molding Systems, a company as well known for its environmental practices as for its position as a leading supplier of injection molding equipment and service to the plastics industry. He is involved with the Schad Foundation, which supports projects focusing on solutions to environmental problems. He also launched Earth Rangers, a program that teaches school children about wildlife and environmental responsibility.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, originally from Kuujjuaq, in northern Quebec was elected chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 2002 after heading the organization's Canadian branch. Working on behalf on Arctic indigenous peoples, particularly the Inuit, she champions many critical contemporary issues such as persistent organic pollutants, sustainable development, traditional ecological knowledge, northern education and the impact of climate change on northern regions.

The Round Table brings together Canadian leaders from all sectors-government, industry, labour, academia, environmental organizations and aboriginal groups-dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development in Canada. As an independent advisory body, it provides decision-makers, opinion leaders and the Canadian public advice and recommendations on promoting sustainable development.

More information is available on the NRTEE Web site, www.nrtee-trnee.ca.

Finally, Prime Minister Martin announced that Canada will host the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (CoP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal in early December 2005. The event, to be held at Montreal's Palais de CongrËs, will also mark the first Meeting of the Parties (MoP1) to the Kyoto Protocol. As such, it will initiate discussion among countries to determine the longer-term global approach to climate change after 2012.

Environment Minister Stèphane Dion will hold the gavel as chair of the global gathering, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants from the Convention's 189 Parties as well as from non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations and the world's press.

Canada believes the post-Kyoto agreement must be inclusive and set the framework for the long term. The agreement must meet several important objectives: it should have broader participation with fair goals, including all industrialized and key emerging economies; it should generate outcomes which will lead to real progress over the longer term; it should provide incentives to invest in developing and sharing transformative environmental technologies to reduce emissions at home and abroad; it should maximize the deployment of existing clean technologies; it should support a streamlined and efficient global carbon market; and it should address adaptation as well as mitigation.

Montreal has an established track record for hosting international environmental conferences that produce beneficial results. It was in Montreal in 1987 that global environment ministers agreed to limit ozone depleting substances through the Montreal Protocol. The city is also home to the United Nations Biodiversity Secretariat.

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