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June 8, 2012
McGuinty Government Earns Top Marks for Clean Air, Water and Energy Actions
Ontario has been named Canada's greenest province in the latest Green Provincial Report Card from the Corporate Knights.
The report card evaluated provinces and territories on their progress in seven categories including air and climate, water, nature, transportation, waste, energy and buildings and innovation.
Ontario earned the highest grade in the 2012 report card. The province was recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the phasing out of coal-fired electricity generation -- the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in Canada. This week, the province also introduced the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act that, if passed, would ensure cleaner Great Lakes for the future.
Protecting Ontario's air, land and water is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy.
"It is an honour to be recognized for our success in building a greener province. Our continued commitment, coupled with the recent introduction of the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act is providing lasting benefits for families. We are creating jobs and protecting the environment. It's a win-win for all Ontarians."
– Jim Bradley
Minister of the Environment
"I think all Ontarians should be very proud of this achievement. It clearly shows that we have succeeded in our plan to transition to a clean, modern, reliable energy system. This is ensuring cleaner air and a healthier future for the next generation of Ontarians."
– Chris Bentley
Minister of Energy
- The Corporate Knights is a Canadian company focussed on green capitalism.
- According to the most recent National Inventory Report released by Environment Canada in April 2012, emissions in Ontario decreased by 34 megatonnes between 2005 and 2010- the equivalent of taking nearly eight million cars off the road - and significantly more than any other province.
- Energy conservation is an important part of Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, which has set a goal of reducing peak electricity demand by 7,100 megawatts (MW) and 28 terawatt hours (TWh) by 2030. That's the equivalent of taking about 2.4 million homes off the grid.
Ministry of the Environment