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Executive Council
June 2, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Province Signs Climate Registry

I rise today to acknowledge that Newfoundland and Labrador has recently signed the Climate Registry. This registry sets consistent and transparent standards for the measurement, verification, and public reporting of greenhouse gas emissions throughout North America in a single unified registry. It is a non-profit organization that supports both voluntary and mandatory reporting programs, provides meaningful information to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and embodies the highest levels of environmental integrity.

All provinces made a commitment to join the Climate Registry under the resolutions made by Premiers at the Council of the Federation meeting in the summer of 2007 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Joining Newfoundland and Labrador on the list of provinces which have fulfilled this commitment are British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. To date approximately 40 American states have also signed the registry.

Climate change is an extremely serious long-term issue facing the globe, and we all need to do our part if we are to make any advancement in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The impacts of climate change on a resource-dependent province like Newfoundland and Labrador are much greater as we are likely to see impacts on forestry, wildlife, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture. The rising cost of energy and the impact of energy consumption on greenhouse gas emissions has renewed and strengthened our collective focus on energy alternatives and energy efficiency. Our government has focused its efforts on green energy such as hydro and wind, as outlined in our Energy Plan. That is why signing the Climate Registry will help us ensure we take our place alongside the others who are dedicated to sustaining our environment for future generations.

From a regional perspective, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers had committed to a reduction target of 10 per cent below 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2020. I am proud to report that the latest data from Natural Resources Canada shows that Newfoundland and Labrador achieved 1990 levels in 2006.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, we do indeed have particular strengths that will enable us to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. We have a history of resiliency, our small communities are very close knit and we have a vested interest in seeing our communities thrive. Signing the Climate Registry and continuing to work toward limiting our carbon footprint will go a long way in helping us achieve this goal.

2008 06 02                                                 1:45 p.m.


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