Manitoba won’t meet emissions-reduction goals: auditor

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba is not expected to achieve its target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for 2012, according to a review of provincial climate change initiatives by the auditor general.

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba is not expected to achieve its target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for 2012, according to a review of provincial climate change initiatives by the auditor general.

In a report released on Monday, Carol Bellringer said Manitoba needs to update its plans to address climate change.

In 2008, the province forged a plan to reduce emissions by 17.5 megatonnes — six per cent below 1990 levels — by 2012.

In April, however, the Conservation Department forecast a gap of 2.7 megatonnes in meeting the target.

In her report, Bellringer said the province has responded positively to climate change by consulting with stakeholders, creating an action plan and setting a short-term target.

“It has put in place over 70 different climate change initiatives. Most of the individual project selection and funding decisions we examined were adequately supported with sound data and analysis,” Bellringer wrote.

She said while the province has been re-evaluating its climate change plan — seeking ways of narrowing the gap in achieving its target — it now needs to formally update its strategy.

The report said the Conservation Department needs to refine its planning, project management and reporting processes. It also needs to develop a way of calculating emissions for reporting to the public, and it must track the economic and social outcomes associated with climate change projects, Bellringer said.

Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said the government has accepted the provincial auditor’s recommendations.

At the same time, he projected that greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be lower than 2000 levels in both 2009 and 2010.

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