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Canada's biggest polluters slash emissions while economy grows, says Corporate Knights

Wednesday, December 16th 2009 10:23:31am

Media Release
Attn: News/National/Environment/Business Reporters and Assignment Editors

Canada's biggest polluters slash emissions
Canadian GDP up, carbon pollution down for large emitters

(Toronto, Canada, December 16, 2009) Today, Corporate Knights Magazine released a summary of the changes in emissions levels from Canada's top ten biggest greenhouse gas polluters.

From 2007 to 2008, the top ten polluters in Canada slashed their greenhouse gas emissions by 9.2 million tonnes, or nine per cent, while the economy (gross domestic product) grew by 0.5 per cent.  

"While our government says that reducing emissions by 20 per cent over 15 years is a heavy lift, our companies are showing the art of the possible: how almost half that target can be pulled off in just one year," said Toby Heaps, Editor of Corporate Knights, from the climate talks in Copenhagen.  

Of the ten largest emitters, all but one managed to reduce their emissions from 2007 to 2008, according to freshly released data from Environment Canada compiled by Corporate Knights. However, the emissions from these top ten emitters still make up 12 per cent of Canada's total 747 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada's 350 large industrial facilities (required to report GHG emissions by the Federal Government) reduced overall emissions by 15.5 million tonnes or 5.8 per cent from 2007 to 2008.

A list of the top ten GHG emitters in the 2010 Corporate Knights Carbon 50 by facility are available by clicking on Download Original Release.

The full results of the Carbon 50, including an analysis of the reasons for emissions reductions and the worst emitters by company, will be available at www.corporateknights.ca/carbon50 in January 2010.


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About Corporate Knights

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. is an independent Canadian-based media company focused on prompting and reinforcing sustainable development in Canada.