Public Consultations on the Air Quality Agreement Progress Report 2012

Progress Report 2012

 

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The 2012 Progress Report is the 11th biennial report completed under the 1991 Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement and summarizes key actions undertaken by both countries in the last two years to address transboundary air pollution within the context of the Agreement. The report presents progress made toward meeting the commitments established in the Acid Rain and Ozone Annexes of the Agreement and key scientific and technical trends related to air pollution.

According to the report, as of 2010, Canada's total emissions of sulphur dioxide have decreased by 57% from 1990 levels while the U.S. has reduced total sulphur dioxide emissions from covered sources by 67% from their 1990 emission levels. Between 2000 and 2010, Canada reduced total emissions of nitrogen oxides by 40% in the transboundary ozone region while U.S. total nitrogen oxide emissions decreased by 42% in the region.

The 2012 Progress Report, prepared by the bilateral Air Quality Committee, is the eleventh biennial report completed under the 1991 United States–Canada Air Quality Agreement. The report summarizes key actions undertaken by the United States and Canada in the last two years to address transboundary air pollution within the context of the Agreement, as required under Article VIII. The report presents progress made toward meeting the commitments established in the Annexes and in implementing the Agreement.

To prepare this report, the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Committee took into consideration the public comments received through the IJC regarding the 2010 Progress Report.

A synthesis of comments can be found at the IJC website at www.ijc.org/php/publications/pdf/Synthesis-of-Public-Comment-2010.pdf.

The comments expressed support for the Agreement and its success in fostering cooperation on transboundary air pollution control and satisfaction with the progress made by both countries in reducing emissions of pollutants that cause acid rain and contribute to smog formation.