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ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION CLIMATE CHANGE


Update for: March 9, 2001

Provincial

National

International

Supplement

PROVINCIAL UPDATE

Climate Change Central (CCC) Business Plan Finalized:

CCC has been established to work as a public/private sector partnership for taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC board has adopted a business plan for 2001-2003. A priority of the plan is to develop and implement a multi-year program in six areas: greenhouse gas management, land use management and enhancement, alternative power generation, buildings and communities, transportation and public education and outreach. Other priorities areas are as follows: catalyze action on "quick start" projects, develop leading edge competitive intelligence and analysis capabilities, and establish strong national and international partnerships and to develop a strong market presence.

CCC’s website can be found at: http://www.climatechangecentral.com/

 

NATIONAL UPDATE

Baseline Protection Initiative:

As of March 1, 2001, you can participate in the Baseline Protection Initiative by registering your early emission reduction actions with Canada’s Climate Change Voluntary Challenge and Registry Inc. (VCR Inc.). To be eligible, your actions must have taken place since January 1, 1990. They must result in real, net reductions, i.e. emission reductions or avoided emissions that are directly attributable to specific, identifiable actions. Reductions must be measurable and verifiable.

Federal Government Unveils $120 Million Clean Air Action Plan:

On February 19, 2001, the Federal Government announced new measures to improve air quality in Canada. A key component of the plan is to reduce vehicle emissions. As of January 1, 2005, the maximum permitted sulfur content in gasoline will be 30 ppm, and by June 1, 2006, the maximum permitted sulfur content in on-road diesel fuel will be 15 ppm. According to Environment Canada, the current national average for sulfur content in Canadian diesel is 320 ppm. Fuel sulfur content is significant because it adversely affects the operation of vehicle emission control systems, such as catalytic converters. Also, high sulfur fuels are a barrier to the introduction of new high efficiency engine technologies that are likely to be an important component of Canada's efforts to control its greenhouse gas emissions.

Other components of the plan include a proposal to designate particulate matter (PM) less than or equal to 10 microns (PM10) as a toxic substance; and the signing of the Ozone Annex, which commits the U.S. and Canada to reduce smog causing nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which cause ground level ozone to form. The Annex will apply to central and southern Ontario, southern Quebec and 18 U.S. states located in the northeast and midwest regions.

For further information on the this initiative and the Federal Government’s Notice of Intent, please refer to http://www.ec.gc.ca/air/new_e.shtml

 

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

New Bush Administration to Re-examine U.S. Climate Change Position:

The United States has requested that the continuation of the COP 6 talks scheduled for May 2001 in Bonn, Germany be postponed to July 2001. The COP 6 talks centre on how industrialized nations will implement cuts in greenhouse gas emissions agreed to in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has requested the postponement so the new administration can review its policies and consult with other stakeholder groups. However, the Bush Administration has told the European Union that it is committed to participating and carrying on with climate change negotiation process.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):

A recent report by the IPCC stated that the average global temperature could rise between 1.4o and 5.8o C over the next 100 years. The IPCC’s previous report, completed in 1995, forecasted a 1o to 3.5o C increase over the same time period. However, the UK Meteorological Office issued a report that questions the methodology used in the IPCC report. The UK Meteorological Office is of the opinion that the IPCC could be overestimating the temperature increase due to recent research indicating that the methodology for estimating temperature over oceans was 40% higher than actual measurements.

To view the IPCC’s report, please refer to: http://www.ipcc.ch/

 

UPDATE SUPPLEMENT

Calgary C-Trains to be Powered by Wind Generated Electricity:

The City of Calgary has approved, in principle, the use of wind generated electricity to power its C-Trains (Light Rail Transit system). The electricity, to be supplied by Vision Quest Windelectric Inc., will be produced from 10 Danish manufactured wind-powered turbines located near Pincher Creek, Alberta. Calgary Transit expects to pay $1.8 million for electricity to operate the C-Train this year. Wind power is being funded using a "contract for differences" whereby a fixed cost for power is agreed to be Vision Quest and the City of Calgary. When conventional power rates are higher than this fixed amount Vision Quest will provide the difference to the City. If rates drop below this fixed amount, the City will owe Vision Quest the difference.

ACEEE Releases New Edition of Green Book:

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released a consumer guide "ACEEE’s Green Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks – Model Year 2001." The book provides a "green score" for every new passenger car and light truck sold in North America. The book identifies the "greenest" vehicles of the model year, and examines the effect of recent automotive trends on the environment. The book rates conventional and alternative fuel vehicles according to tailpipe pollution and global warming emission, as well as pollution from automobile manufacturing facilities and refineries. The publication also provides details on each model’s fuel efficiency, health impacts and annual fuel expenses.

For more information on this publication, please refer to: http://www.greenercars.org/

 

Prepared by Alberta Transportation and Alberta Environment          

This information is available on the Alberta Transportation web-site :
http://www.transportation.ca/

Contact: Peter Dzikowski
Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Issues
Phone:780 415-0682
E-mail:
peter.dzikowski@gov.ab.ca