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December 18, 2014

Canada Participates in COP20

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A Canadian delegation led by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq joined policymakers from 195 countries this month to negotiate a legally binding international climate change agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20), which began December 1, 2014 in Lima, Peru and which was scheduled to end December 12, was expected to be a critical step in the path toward a binding international climate agreement at next year’s COP 21 meeting in Paris.

Following COP 20, countries will officially put forward their planned contributions to the climate agreement in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Coupled with the U.S. and China agreement to significantly cut and cap their greenhouse gas emissions announced in November, the agreement is expected to put increasing pressure on the Canadian government to continue to follow in the wake of U.S. initiatives by implementing its own federally-regulated GHG emissions reductions.



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