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Greenhouse gas missions growth slows as GDP rises

Ottawa, March 7, 2001 -- VCR Inc. announced, in its third annual report to its Council of Champions, that "Canada's...


Ottawa, March 7, 2001 — VCR Inc. announced, in its third annual report to its Council of Champions, that “Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trend line will continue to decelerate as entities capitalize on new opportunities to reduce their individual GHG emissions.”

The non-profit, stand-alone corporation maintains a registry of action plans from more than 760 Canadian organizations committed to voluntarily lower greenhouse gas emissions through documented actions. Its 2000 annual report states that Canada’s 1998 GHG emissions inventory confirms that this trend is continuing.

“In spite of experiencing growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) well in excess of that projected when developing projections for GHG emissions under a “Policy as Usual” scenario, Canadians were able to reduce their GHG emissions to a level below that forecast,” the report maintains.

75% of the GHG emissions associated with all Canadian organizations from emission-related economic sectors are represented within the VCR Inc. Challenge Registry.

Robert Flemington, VCR Inc. president, says “This year’s annual report features organizations from most sectors of the Canadian economy. Many have reduced their GHGs significantly. For example, the Canadian pulp and paper industry states that since 1990 its members have decreased GHG emissions voluntarily by 19.3% on an absolute basis (total emissions) and by 33.4% on a specific basis (emissions per tonne of product).”

Other economic sectors cited in the report include: electric utilities; upstream oil and gas; downstream petroleum; textiles; energy pipelines; colleges; universities; municipalities; health services; governments, coal; and manufacturing and metal mining.

Voluntary Challenge and Registry (VCR Inc.) is a not-for-profit, partnership between the private sector and governments across Canada. Its purpose is to encourage organizations from all sectors of Canada’s economy to voluntarily provide greater accountability for their GHG generation and reduction.

Greenhouse gases are those generated into the atmosphere during everyday economic activity by all sectors of our economy, and include: carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride. They are widely believed to contribute to global warming and climatic changes.

Note: This 3rd Annual Report can be found at www.vcr-mvr.ca.