DOHA, Qatar—Environment Canada says the nation’s per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have hit an historic low.
According to the ministry, the latest data shows Canadians emitted an average of 20.3 tonnes of GHG in 2010, the lowest level since tracking began in 1990.
“The data collected shows that between 2005 and 2010, GHG emissions decreased by 6.5 per cent despite an economic growth of 6.3 per cent,” Environment Minister Peter Kent said in a statement.
“These numbers demonstrate that the Canadian economy can grow without increasing GHG emissions levels.”
Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report, released in April 2012, shows that, compared with 2005 levels, emissions in 2010 declined in almost all sectors, including oil and gas and electricity generation.
The federal government’s overall climate change strategy aims to reduce GHG emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.