Canada Canada's Conservative government said Wednesday it will cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020 and ban inefficient incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 as part of a national environmental initiative.
The plan, dubbed "Turning the Corner," includes various measures to stop the rise of greenhouse gases in three to five years. Once the gases stop rising, the government plans to reduce them by 150 million tons by 2020, or about 20 percent the level of current emissions.
The new goal puts Canada 11 percent above its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change - which requires 35 industrialized countries to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that act like a greenhouse trapping heat in the atmosphere.
Under the accord, the former Liberal government committed to a 6 percent cut in greenhouse emissions from 1990 levels by 2012. But the country's emissions are 30 percent above 1990 levels.
"Canada is going in the wrong direction on the environment," Environment Minister John Baird said. "This is how we find ourselves today with one of the worst environmental records among industrialized countries. Now, we need to turn things around. We need to do a U-turn."