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explained that «some" of the information was still available in the latest report, which still meets Canada's reporting obliqatlons under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. "The information is presented in Ihis way to be consistent with. UNFCCC reporting requirements, which are divided into broad, international sectors," wrote Mark Johnson in an emaiL He was not immediately able to answer questions about who made the decision in government to exclude the numbers from the oilsands or provide a detailed explanation about changes in emissions. An industry spokesman said it favoured more transparency from the government. suggesting that some of the figures may be misleading because of changes in methods used to identify and calculate emissions. "It's just too bad you weren't able to get a hold of (Environment Canada) on this one, because here' am lelling you my understanding of what's going on, but really lt's best to hear directly from them," said Greg Stringham, vicepresident of oilsanos and markets at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. "We report the information to them, and they choose to pass it on - they must pass it on the UN. But then they choose how to disclose it and put it out there." Although Stringham said that the industry figures did not show any Significant growth in emissions per barrel of oil produced, the fuB report noted an intensity increase of 14.5 per cent from 2008 to 2009, "mainly the result of a new integrated mining and upgrading facility as well as a new integraledin-situ bitumen extraction and upgrading facility," that were not operating at "peak efficiencies." Emissions from a mining category, which includes oilsands extraction, saw a 371 per cent increase in greenhouse gas pollution, according to the report. But other categories showed significant decreases due, in part, to the recession, but also because of changes in use of fuel and manufacturing operations. Environment Canada's report recognizes that climate change is occurring, mainly due to an increase in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere ..The objective of the UNFCCC is to stabilize these emissions in order to prevent dangerous changes to the climate. Critics have suggested the Harper government is de·liberately trying to delay international action to fight climate change, following revelations, reported last fall by Postmedia News, thatil had set up a partnership with the Alberta government, industry and several federal departments to fight pollution-reduction policies from other countries that 18 rget the oilsands throu gh lobbying and publ ic relation s. Environment Minister Peter Kent has said the federal government is committed to reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and will introduce its plan to regulate poli'ulion from the oilsancls within months. But he has also acknowledged that existing federal and provincial policies would still result in an increase in emissions over the next decade. Although the report was due in April, during the last election campaign, Canada was the last country to file its submission. Environment Canada even filed its submission after earthquake-stricken Japan, and was unable to explain in detal! why its report was late. mdesouza@gostmedi8.com twitter .co m/m ikedesouza © Copyright (c) Postmedia News

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From: Sent: To: Cc: Johnson,Mark [NCR] June 1, 2011 3:45 PM 'C ailli n.Workman@internalional.gc.ca' Duchesne, Paul; 'Perras, Jacinthe'

Subject: RE: Canada leaves onsands pollution rise from UN report - Any info?

Hi Caitlin,
We used this response 'for several reporters. It is PCO approved.

The Government of Canada is committed to provided to the public detailed information on the state of the environment and pollution affecting the environment. Canada's National Inventory Report, juSI published, reflects that commitment. It is highly detailed and fully meets the requirements of the UNFCCC. As in past years,in 201"1 Canada provided an extremely detailed report that encompasses the activities of all sectors of the economy, including oil sands. The UNFCCC requires a disaggregation of nationa!greenhouse gas emissions by emissions-producing activity. The reallocation of these activity-based emissions by economic sector is not a requirement of the UNFCCC. In 2010, on a pilot basis, Environment Canada released economic sector estimates in addition to the normal National Inventory Report (in other years this information has always been done and released separately). However, in analyzing the results, the department found weaknesses in the methodology and gaps in the data that prevented an accurate calculation of total emissions for the entire oil sands sector. For this reason, in 2011, Environment Canada has decided to focus the UNFCCC report on the activity categories thaI are required to provide the UNFCCC with the most accurate and detailed information possible.. and report economic sector emissions separately once the statistics and methodology are finalized. This provides the most accurate and complete breakdown of Canadian emissions. The process of allocating emissions from UN'FCCC-defined activity to the economic sector where those activities lakes place requires combining emissions from across a variety of UN'FCCC-defined activities. 'For example, for oil sands this includes aSSigning a certain portion of emissions from off-road heavy equipment use (classified under transportation emissions under the UNFCCC approach), fugitives and other UNFCGCdefined activities to the oil sands sector in order to produce a comprehensive estimate. Looking to other sectors, it also involves, among others, the allocation of a certain amount of off-road transportation ernlssions to the agrlculture sector to ensure that farm tractors and other mobile farm equipment are represented there, the allocation of pipeline emissions from the UNFCCC category of transportation emissions to the oil and gas sector, and the allocation of UNFCCC-defined process and fugitive emissions to the economic sector that generated them. We will finalize these estimates only after the final electricity generation data for 2009 is available and incorporated into this work. For now, we have a preliminary estimate that oil sands emissions increased from 5 112per cent of total in 2008 to about 61/2 per cent in 2009.

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De : Perras, Jacinthe [mailto:Jacinthe,Perras@NRCan-RNCan.gc,ca] Envoye : 1 juin 2011 13: Cl8 A : Caitlin .Workman@intemational.9c.ca Cc ; Media (NCR]; Duchesne, Paul Objet: Canada leaves oil sands pollution rise from UN report - Any info?

from: Joanisse, Micheline sent: June I, 2011 13:05 To: Duchesne, Paul; Perras, Jacinthe Cc: Carta, John; Viau, Michelle Subject: RerCenada leaves oilsands pollution rise from UN report - Any info?

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From: Duchesne, Paul Sent: Wednesday, June 01,2011

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To: Perras, Jacinthe Cc: Carta, John; Joanisse, Micheline; Viau, Michelle Subject: Fw: Canada leaves oilsands pollution rise from UN report - Any info?
Jacinthe: can you pis follow-up? Hi Caitlin, Please note below that this is an EG lead. Jacinthe

From: Caitlin.Workman@international.gc.ca [mailto:Caitlin.Workman@international.gc.ca] Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 12:52 PM To: Duchesne, Paul; henry.lau@ec.gc.ca <henry.lau@ec.gc.ca> Subject: FW: Canada leaves oil sands pollution rise from UN report - Any info?

Hi Paul and Henry! Program people over here are quite concerned about the coverage way? Do you have lines you might be able to share?
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The federal government has acknowledged that it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 per cent increase in annual pollution from Canada's oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required \0 submit to the United Nations. Photographed by: Chris Schwarz, EDMONTON JOURNAL OTTAWA - The federal government has acknowledged thai it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 per cent increase in annual pollution from Canada's oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required to submit to the United Nations. The numbers, uncovered by Postmedia News, were left out of the report, a national inventory on Canada's greenhouse gas pollution It revealed a six per cent drop in annual emissions for the entire economy from Z008 to 2009, but does not directly show the extent of pollution from the oilsands production, which is greater than the greenhouse gas emissions of all the cars driven on Canadian roads, The data also indicated that emissions per barrel of oil produced by the sector is increasing. despite claims made by the industry in an advertising campaign. "The oil sands remain Canada's fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas pollution, and they're the subject of a huge amount of attention and scrutiny in Canada and internationally," said Clare Demerse, director of climate change at the Pembina Institute, an Alberta-based environmental research group. "$0 it's very disappointing to see Environment Canada publish a SOO-pagereport that leaves out these critical numbers ~ especially when las! year's edition included them" Overall, Environment Canada said that the oilsands industry was responsible for about 6.5 per cent of Canada's annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, up from five per cent in 2008. This also indicates a growth in emissions that is close to about 300 per cent since 1990, which cancel out many reductions in pollution from other economic sectors The report attributes the six per cent decrease in Canada's overall emissions to the economic slowdown, but it also credits efforts by the Ontario government to reduce production of coal-fired electricitv as a significant factor

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Environment Canada provided the oilsands numbers in response to questions from Postmedia News about why it had omitted the information from its report after publishing more detailed data in previous years. A department spokesman explained that "some" of the information was still available in the latesl report, which still meets Canada's reporting obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. "The information is presented in this way to be consistent with UNFCCC reporting requirements, which are divided into broad, international sectors." wrote Mark Johnson in an email. He was not immediately able to answer questions about who made the decision in government to exclude the numbers from the oilsands or provide a detailed explanation about changes in emissions. An industry spokesman said it favoured more transparency from the government, suggesting that some of the figures may be misleading because of changes in methods used to identify and calculate emissions. "It's just too bad you weren't able to get a hold of (Environment Canada) on this one, because here I am telling you my understand ing of wha.t's goi ng 0 n, but really it's best to hear directly from them," said Greg Strlngha m, vice-president of oilsands and markets at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. ~We report the information to them, and they choose to pass it on - they must pass it on the UN. But then they choose how to disclose it and put it out there." Although Stringham said that the industry figures did not show any significant growth in emissions per barrel of oil produced, the full report noted an intensity increase of 14.5 per cent from 2008 to 2009, "mainly the result of a new integrated mining and upgrading facility as well as a new integrated in-situ bitumen extraction and upgrading facility: that were not operating at "peak efficiencies." Emissions from a mining category, which includes oilsands extraction, saw a 371 per cent increase in greenhouse gas pollution, according to the report. But other categories showed significant decreases due, in part, to the recession, but also because of changes in use of fuel and manufacturing operations. Environment Canada's report recognizes that climate change is occurring, mainly due to an increase in heattrapping gases in the atmosphere. The objective of the UNFCCC is to stabilize these emissions in order to prevent dangerous changes to the climate. Critics have suggested the Harper government is deliberately trying to delay international action to fight climate change, following revelations, reported last fall by Postmedia News, that it had set up a partnership with the Alberta government, industry and several federal departments to fight pollution-reduction policies from other countries that target the oilsands through lobbying and public relations. Environment Minister Peter Kent has said the federal government is committed to reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and will introduce its plan to regulate pollution from the oilsands within months. But he has also acknowledged that existing federal and provincial policies would still result in an increase in emissions over the next decade. Although the report was due in April, during the last election campaign, Canada was the last country to file its submission. Environment Canada even filed its submission after earthquake-stricken Japan, and was unable to explain in detail why lis report was late. mdesouza@.gostmedia.com twitter .com/m ikedesou za

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From: Sent: To: Cc: David,Renee [NCR] Wednesday, June 01, 2011 6:06 PM 'Carlotta.Collins@pco-bcp.gc.ca' Henley,David [NCR]; Reinert,Chantal [NCR]

Subject: Re: FOR APPROVAL Media call: Emissions intensity for the oilsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia News)

We got MO approval. Can we send?
From: Collins, Carlotta [mailto:Carlotta.Collins@pco-bcp .. c.ca] g Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 06:01 PM To: David,Renee [NCR] Cc: Henley.David [NCR]; Reinert,Chantal [NCR] Subject: Re: FOR APPROVALMedia catl: Emissions intensity for the oilsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia News) This response is very technical + will likely lead to more Qs. Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

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From: David,Renee [NCR] [mailto:Renee.David@ec.gc.ca] Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 05:26 PM To: Collins, Carlotta Cc: Henley,David [NCR] <David.Henley@ec.gc.ca>; Reinert/Chantal [NCR] <ChantaI.Reinert@ec.gc.ca> Subject: FW: FOR APPROVALMedia cali: Emissions intensity for the oilsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia News) Carlotta. this response is currently with MO for approval. His deadline was 5pm.

From: David,Renee [NCR] Sent: Wednesday, June 01/ 2011 4:46 PM To:
Cc: Boudreault,Felix [NCR]; Johnson,Mark (NCR); Reinert/Chantal [NCR]~ Henley,David [NCR] Subject: FOR APPROVALMedia call: Emissions intensity for the oilsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia News) Importance: High Hi As you know, we received follow-up questions from Mike De Souza on changes in emission intensity for the oil sands from 2008 to 2009. He also asked about EC dealings with CAPPo Our previous response, sent Monday night, is included at the bottom for reference. Here are our proposed responses. Approved by ADMs Mike Keenan and Karen Dodds. Urgent approval requested as De Souza is filing by 5pm. Question from Reporter: I was wo nderi n9 w heth er Envi ro nment Ca n ad a co uId p rov ide m ore inform a tir - _..._........,- - - -- -.-- - "appearing in the last NIR for 2009:

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From 2008 102009, the emissions intensity from 4.48 to 4.53 kt C02 eq I PJ (1.1%).

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During this same time period, the emissions intensity of the oil sands industry also increased (~14.5%). mainly the result of a new integrated mining and upgrading facility as well as a new integrated in-situ bitumen extraction and upgrading facility. Both of these facilities ramped up production in 2009 and were not operating at peak efficiencies due to the required tuning of complex processes during the ramp-up to full-scale production. I have been told that Environment Canada said in other communications that there was not a significant change in emissions intensity for the oilsands sector between 2008 and 2009.
Q1) Do you have a report author or contributor

from Environment

Canada available for an interview

to

explain this? The Executive Summary of the NIR states, on p 24 that "...the oil sands industry has been reducing its per-unit emissions, and in 2009 intensity was 29% lower than in 1990." (This is based on data current at the time of publication.) The Executive Summary also indicated that this estimate is an aggregate of a number of sources and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Our preliminary information indicates that there was very little change in the total emission intensity in oil sands between 2008 and 2009. The statement about a 14.5% increase in emission intensity between 2008 and 2009 is found on page 58 of the N IR for 2011, and refers to the intensity of fugitive G HG emissions, which are onIY Q_Qor!i9nof the to.tCJ.l.~missions __ fr_9!D.th~oil_§;;!.IJ.Q§_, increase in fugitive emission is due mainly to a new integrated mini!ng and upgrading . The facility and a new integrated in-situ bitumen and upgrading operation. Fugitive emissions are defined as intentional (e.g. venting or flaring) or unintentional releases (e.g equipment leaks) of GHGs from the production, processing. transmission, storage and delivery of fossil fuels and are listed separately in the NIR. The full compliment of oil sands GHG emissions include these fugitives as well as combustion emissions. Combustion emissions are generated from the plants, other stationary equipment and onsite vehicles.
Q2) Also, can you tell me whether

its figures or calculations?

com plained to Envi ronment Canada about the content of the report or pressured the department to revise
Environment Canada works closely with all of its stakeholders to ensure we have the most comprehensive data currently available for the purposes of the NIR.

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RESPONSE SENT MONDAY, MAY 30 The Government of Canada is commilted to provided to the public detailed information on the state of the environment and pollution affecting the environment. Canada's National Inventory Report, just published, reflects that commitment. It is highly detailed and fully meets the requirements of the UNFCCC. As in past years, in 2011 Canada provided an extremely detailed report that encompasses the activities of all sectors of the economy, including oil sands. The UNFCCC requires a disaggregation of national greenhouse gas emissions by emissions-producing activity. The reallocation of these activity-based emissions by economic sector is not a requirement of the UNFCCC. In 2010, on a pilol basis, Environment Canada released economic sector estimates

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National Inventory Report (in other years this information has always been done and released separately). However, in analyzing the results, the department found weaknesses in the methodology and gaps in the data that prevented an accurate calculation of total emissions for the entire oil sands sector. For this reason, in 2011, Environment Canada has decided to focus the UNFCCC report on the activity categories that are required to provide the UNFCCC with the most accurate and detailed information possible,. and report economic sector emissions separately once the statistics and methodology are finalized. This provides the most accurate and complete breakdown of Canadian emissions. The process of allocating emissions from UNFCCC-defined activity to the economic sector where those activities takes place requires combining emissions from across a variety of UNFCCC-defined activities. For example, for oil sands this includes assigning a certain portion of emissions from off-road heavy equipment use (classified under transportation emissions under the UNFCCC approach), fugitives and other UNFCCC~ defined activities to the oil sands sector in order to produce a comprehensive estimate. looking to other sectors, it also involves, among others, the allocation of a certain amount of off-road transportation emissions to the agriculture sector to ensure that farm, tractors and other mobile farm equipment are represented there, the allocation of pipeline emissions from the UNFCCC category of transportation emissions to the oil and gas sector, and the allocation of UNFCCC·defined process and fugitive emissions to the economic sector that generated them. We will finalize these estimates only after the final electricity generation data for 2009 is available and incorporated into this work. For now, we have a preliminary estimate that oil sands emissions increased from 5 1/2 per cent of total in 2008 to about 6 112per cent in 2009. At the same time, until Environment Canada completes its updated economic sector allocation of greenhouse gas emissions, it is not possible to precisely state the GHG emissions for the entire oil sands sector, as opposed to just one or two activities within Ihe seclor. Current national Inventory Report data is available here Specifically, oil sands data is available on pages 47 10 59. EC Website: ht1R:/lwww.ec.gc.ca/Publications/default.as_Q?la_IJ9.=En&xm\=A07097EF~8EE1-4FFO-9AFB6C392078D1A~ l:JNFCCC: b.llR:/lunfccc.intJnational reports/annex

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Media call: Emissions intensity for the oilsands

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News) Sorry - am not dear.

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Sent: Wednesday, June 01,2011 07:28 PM
To: 'Carlotta.Collins@pco-bcp.gc.ca'

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[NCR] News)

Cc: Henley,David [NCR] Subject: Re: FOR APPROVAL Media call: Emissions intensity
Hello, We do realize that the answer specific section of the report. on this specific report. Chantal Sent using BlackBerry is technical. However,

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for the oilsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia

. News)

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this will

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Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 06:01 PM

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From: David,Renee [NCR] [mallto:Renee.David@ec.gc.ca] Sent: Wednesday, June 01,2011 05:26 PM To: Collins, carlotta Cc: Henley,David [NCR] <David.Henley@ec.gc.ca>; Reinert,Chantal (NCR] <ChantaI.Reinert@ec.gc.ca> Subject: FW: FOR APPROVAL Media call: Emissions lntensitv for the ollsands (Mike De Souza - Postmedia News) Carlotta, this response is currently with MO for approval. His deadline was 5pm.

From: David,Renee [NCR)

Sent: Wednesday, June 01,2011 4:46 PM
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Hi As you know, we received follow-up questions from Mike De Souza on changes in erntsslon intensity for the oil sands from 2008 to 2009. He also asked about EC dealings with CAPP. Our previous response, sent Monday night, is included at the bottom for reference. Here are our proposed responses. Approved by ADMs Mike Keenan and Karen Dodds, Urgent approval requested as De Souza is filing by 5pm. Question from Reporter: Iwas wonder.ing whether Environment Canada could provide more information about this paragraph appearing in the last NIR for 2009: From 2008 to 2009.,the emissions intensity of upstream oil and gas producti.on has increased slightly from 4.48 to 4.53 kt C02 eq I PJ (1.1;%). During this same time period, the emissions intensity of the oil sands industry also increased (-14.5%), mainly the result of a new integrated mining and upgrading facility as well as a new integrated in-situ bitumen extraction and upgrading facility. Both of these facilities ramped up production in 2009 and were not operating at peak efficiencies due to the required tuning of complex processes during the ramp-up to full-scale production. I have been told that Environment Canada said in other communications that there was not a Significant change in emissions intensity for the oilsands sector between 2008 and 2009. Q1} Do you have a report author or contributor from Environment Canada available for an interview to explain this? The Executive Summary of the NIH states, on p 24 that ".,_the oil sands industry has been reducing its per-unit

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emissions, and in 2009 intensity was 29% lower than in 1990." (This is based on data current at the time of publication.) The Executive Summary also indicated that this estimate is an aggregate of a number of sources and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Our preliminary information indicates that there was very little change in the total emission intensity in oil sands between 2008 and 2009. The statement about a 14.5% increase in emission intensity between 2008 and 2009 is found on page 58 of the NIR for 2011, and refers to the intensity of fugitive GHG emissions. which are only a_J)ortionof the total emissions from the oil sands. The increase in fugitive emission is due mainly to a new integrated mining and upgrading facility and a new integrated in-situ bitumen and upgrading operation. Fugitive emissions are defined as intentional (e.g. venting or flaring) or unintentional releases (e.g. equipment leaks) of GHGs from the production, processing, transmission, storage and delivery offossil fuels and are listed separately in the NIR. The full compliment of oil sands GHG emissions include these fugitives as well as combustion emissions. Combustion emissions are generated from the plants, other stationary equipment and onsite vehicles. Q2) Also, can you tetl me whether anyone from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has complained to Environment Canada about the content ofthe report or pressured the department to revise its figures or calculations? Environment Canada works closely with all of its stakeholders to ensure we have the most comprehensive data currently available for the purposes of the NIR

RESPONSE SENT MONDAY, MAY 30 The Government of Canada is committed to provided to the public detailed information on the state of the environment and pollution affecting the environment Canada's National Inventory Report, just published, reflects that commitment. It is highly detailed and fully meets the requirements of the UNFCCC. As in past years, in 201.1 Canada provided an extremely detailed report that encompasses the activities of all sectors of the economy, including oil sands. The UNFCCC requires a disaggregation of national greenhouse gas emissions by emissions-producing activity. The reallocation of these activity-based emissions by economic sector is not a requirement of the UNFCCC. In 2010, on a pilot basis, Envrronment Canada released economic sector estimates in addition to the normal National Inventory Report (in other years this information has always been done and released separately). However. in analyzing the results, the department found weaknesses in the methodology and gaps in the data that prevented an accurate calculation of total emissions for the entire oil sands sector. For this reason,in 2011. Environment Canada has decided to focus the UNFCCC report on the activitycalegories that are required to provide the UNFCCC with the most accurate and detailed information possiole.. and report economic sector emissions separately once the statistics and methodology are finalized. This provides the most accurate and complete breakdown of Canadian emissions. The process of allocating emissions from UNFCCC~defjned activity to the economic sector where those activities takes place requires combining emissions from across a variety of UNFCCC-defined activities. For example, for oil sands this includes aSSigning a certain portion of emissions from off-road heavy equipment use (classified under transportation emissions under the UNFCCC approach), fugitives and other UNFCCC· defined activities to the oi! sands sector in order to produce a comprehensive estimate.

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looking to other sectors, itatso involves, among others, the allocation of a certain amount of off-road transportation emissions to the agriculture sector to ensure that farm tractors and other mobile farm equipment are represented there, the allocation of pipelineernissions from the UNFCCC category of Iran sport at ion emissions to the oil and gas sector, and the allocation of UNFCCC-defined process and fugitive emissions to the economic sector that generated them. We will finalize these estimates only after the finalelectr.icity generation data for 2009 is available and incorporated into this work. For now, we have a preliminary estimate that oil sands emissions increased from 5 1f2 per cent of total in 2008 to about 6 1/2 per cent in 2009. AI the same time, until Environment Canada completes its updated economic sector allocation of greenhouse gas emissions,it is not possible to precisely state the GHG emissions for the entire oil sands sector, as opposed to just one or two activities within the sector. Current national Inventory Report data is available here. Specifically, oil sands data is available on pages 47 to 59. EC Website: htlQ;!Iwww.eQ.9c.ca/Publications/default.asp 6C392.D 78D1 A9 ?lang=En&xml=AQ7097EF -BEE 1-4fF0.:9~FB~

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David,Renee [NCR]
From: Sent: David,Renee [NCR] Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:20 PM Boudreault,Felix [NCR]; Henley.David [NCR]; Johnson,Mark [NCR]; Reinert,Chantal [NCR]

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--From: Sent: Wednesday, June 01,2011 08:12 PM To; David,Renee (NCR] Cc: Boudreault,Felix [NCR]; Henley,David [NCR]; Johnson,Mark [NCR]; Reinert,Chantal [NCR] Subject: RE: **FORAPPROVAl: Media call: Kyoto Report (Mike de Souza) Yes but should we tell him it will be posted tomorrow cob?

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From: Davld,Renee [NCR] Sent: June 1, 2011 8:11 PM

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Cc: Boudreault,Felix [NCR]; HenleY,David (NCR]; Johnson,Mark [NCR]; Reinert,Chantal [NCR] SUbject: Re: **FOR APpROVAL: Media call: Kyoto Report (Mike de Souza) . would this be ok to go? From: David,Renee [NCR] Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 04:47 PM To: Cc: Boudreault,Felix [NCR]; Henley.David [NCR); Johnsoo,Mark [NCR]; I Reinert,Chantal [NCR) Subject: **FOR APPROVAL: Media call: Kyoto Report (Mike de Souza)

. . Mike De Souza called us again today and asked us about the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA) report. He indicated that jf he received our infonnation today, he would include it iin his story tomorrow. This working is taken from the complan that is with you for approval. Grateful for your quick response. Under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA), the Minister of the Environment is required to prepare an annual Climate Change Plan that indudes measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their

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anticipated reductions over the Kyoto period (2.008-2012). The Plan must be prepared no later than May 31, published by June 2, and tabled in both Houses within the first three days on which those Houses sit after May 31. We will inform you when it will be posted on our website. Media

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Date: June 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM Name: Mike de Souza Outlet: Postmedia Language: English Interview: No Reply Format: By email

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an article and has questions for EC.
Act report that was due yesterday

Q1) Has Environment canada published its Kyoto Protocol Implementation (May 31). Q2) If so, where can I find it? Q3) And if not, why is it late?

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