The Conservative government vowed to ban incandescent light bulbs across Canada by 2012 as part of an environmental plan that could reduce emissions by 20 per cent below current levels by 2020.
About one week ago, the Ontario government announced an identical measure, but extending the measure across the country is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 4,000 megawatts, said Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn.
It is a small measure compared to the reductions of more than 260 megatonnes that Canada would have to accomplish in order to meet its targets under the Kyoto protocol.
The Tories are set to announce targeted reductions for industrial polluters like Ontario’s electricity sector and Alberta’s oil sands in the Toronto area – where the bulk of emissions reductions are expected to come from – on Thursday.
Last month, European leaders agreed to try and cut greenhouse gases by 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, but most countries on the continent have also made greater strides towards halting climate change than Canada. Some countries are also mulling an increase of that target to 30 per cent. Source...