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From:Friday, October 1, 2004 3:47 PM -0700
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 From UBC's CERC website:

At CERC we envision a world in the not-too-distant future in which smog and global warming are concepts from the past. Cars, trucks and buses will run on alternative fuels with very high efficiency and minimal exhaust emissions. Power plants and vehicles will no longer be major sources of greenhouse gases.

The use of renewable energy sources will be commonplace rather than the exception.
CERC is a multi-disciplinary centre housed in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC. Faculty and researchers are from mechanical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, and metals and materials engineering.


The attached PDF is entitled, "The Kyoto Accord and some implications for Canadians"

Well worth taking a look.  I've copied a few slides below so you can get the flavour.



Canada is the largest energy user and the second largest GHG producer in the world on a per capita basis.


Excuses Often Given for Canada's Huge Energy Consumption:
•Cold Climate
•Great Distances (Large Land Mass)
•Resource-Based Economy
•High Standard of Living
•Growing Population
•Cheap Hydropower (leading, for example, to aluminum refining, electrical heating).


Why is Canada Failing So Miserably
to Meet the Kyoto Targets?

•Public indifference/ lack of involvement
•Political will (National Implementation Strategy)
•Controversy re reality of Global Warming
•Alberta and Industry opposition
•Perception of harm to the economy
•Jurisdiction issues: Fed/Prov. and many ministries
•Wide distribution of GHG sources/technologies
•Lack of clear paths to solution


The Challenge for Canada:
Canada has 0.5% of the world population, but contributes 3.3% of the world’s production of CO2.
Canada has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 1990 levels by 2008-2012.
To achieve this target, Canada must cut emissions by ~29% below “business-as-usual” projections by 2010.
Technical and non-technical changes are needed.
There are also 5000 deaths/year due to air pollution.
Canada has opportunities to be a leader in green technologies and sustainable development.