CANADA'S COMMITMENT ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL AND THE POTENTIAL FOR REDUCTIONS IN TRANSPORT

In December 1997, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed in Kyoto to a Protocol that would limit annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among Annex I countries to 5.2% below 1990 levels within the period 2008-2012. Differentiated limits were specified by country, that for Canada being 6% below 1990 level. This would imply substantial reductions in Canadian emissions compared to current forecasts; and as the transport sector is a major contributor of emissions, it might be necessary for substantial reductions to be made in transport emissions. This paper is intended to summarize what is known to date about the transport components of national greenhouse gas emissions, their likely future trends, and the potential for their reduction. The consideration remains preliminary, and all of the analysis only approximate. The forecasting of trends is necessarily uncertain, and in addition there are some serious inadequacies of existing transport activity data (namely, indicators of private road vehicle use) that limit our understanding of transport needs, the extent to which alternative modes are able to meet them, their relative fuel efficiencies, and potential gains from modal shifts.

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  • Accession Number: 00798294
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2000 12:00AM