Stephen Harper says Canada will be a world leader in the fight against global warming and in the development of clean energy technology.
Harper chose climate Change as the topic of his address to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney, Australia. He stressed the need for an inclusive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that involves all countries working toward common targets.
Harper outlined Canada’s approach, saying the plan could be model for a new international agreement. The plan includes:
- Mandatory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18% per unit of production over the next 3 years, and then a further 2% reduction in intensity each year thereafter
- Macro GHG reduction targets of 20% by 2010 and 50-70% by 2050 over 2006 levels
- Domestic carbon market and emissions trading regime
- Clean Technology Fund for developing new technologies
- Use of international credits such as the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism
We want to be a world leader in the fight against global warming and the development of clean energy technology, we want to lead not by lecturing but by example, we want to share our knowledge and experience, and we want to work with the entire international community in the quest for clean energy.
APEC leaders agreed to common “aspirational targets” at the close of the summit the following day, representing the first time both the United States and China have participated in an international climate change declaration. However, the declaration quickly rejected by environmental groups for not including legally binding targets.