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Kyoto and Canadians (GHG) Glossary

(The Kyoto Decoder)

Last updated 2003.02.28

Attempting to understand the Kyoto Protocol, the Kyoto Mechanism and Canada's response will take you into a world of new jargon and acronyms. I have started to compile some of the terminology here in the hopes it might help others understand the jargon. This page remains under construction. Contributions welcomed.


AESA = Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (programs)

AIJ = Activities Implemented Jointly

AMG = Analysis & Modeling Group

ARTI = Alberta Reduced Tillage Initiative

AWTS = Atlantic Wind Test Site

BaP = Broad as Practical

BAU = Business As Usual

BPI = Baseline Protection Initiative

CAC = Criteria Air Contaminant(s)

CARC = Canadian Agri-food Research Council

CARD = Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (fund)

CBIP = Commercial Building Incentive Program

CASA = Clean Air Strategic Alliance

CCAF = Climate Change Action Fund

CCIARN - Climate Change Impacts and Research Network

CCS = Climate Change Secretariat

CDE = Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

CO2 (carbon dioxide) has a factor of 1 (by definition)

CH4 (methane) has a factor of 21 (in other words, a molecule of methane is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide)

N2O (nitrous oxide) has a factor of 310

HFC's (hydrofluorocarbons) range from a factor of 140 to 11,700 depending on the specific chemical

PFC's (perflourocarbons) range from a factor of 6,500 to 9,200 depending on the specific chemical

SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride) has a factor of 23,900

CDM = Clean Development Mechanism

CER = Certified Emissions Reduction

CFC = Chlorofluorocarbon

CHP = Central Heating Plant

CIPEC = Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation

CoP = Conference of the Parties

DET = Domestic Emissions Trading

DETWG = Domestic Emissions Trading Working Group

DSM = Demand Side Management

EDP = Ethanol Development Program

EE = Energy Efficient

EG = Engaged Group

EGH = EnerGuide for Houses

ENGO = Environmental Non-Government Organization

EPA = Environmental Performance Agreements

ERT = Emissions Reduction Trading

ERU = Emissions Reduction Unit

EU = European Union

FCCC = Framework Convention on Climate Change (signed June 1992 at Rio Earth Summit)

FCM = Federation of Canadian Municipalities

F/P/T = Federal, Provincial, Territories

G-77 = Group of 77 (developing countries)

GDP = Gross Domestic Product

GERT = GHG Emissions Reduction Trading (pilot project)

GHG = GreenHouse Gas

GMEF = Green Municipal Enabling Fund

GMIF = Green Municipal Investment Fund

GPS = General Performance Standard

GWP = Global Warming Potential

HCFC = Hydrochlorofluorocarbon

HFC = Hydrofluorocarbon

HOV = High-Occupancy Vehicle

ICCCC = International Climate Change Consultative Committee

IET = International Emissions Trading

IISD = International Institute for Sustainable Development

IPCC = Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IRAP = Industrial Research Assistance Program

JI = Joint Initiative

JMM = Joint Ministers Meeting

LDC = Less Developed Country

LFE = Large Final Emitter

MMTCE = Million Metric Tons of Carbon Equivalents.

MNECB = Model National Energy Code for Buildings

MOST = Moving On Sustainable Transportation

MOU = Memorandum Of Understanding

NAFTA = North American Free Trade Agreement

NAICC = National Air Issues Coordinating Committee

NAICC-CC = National Air Issues Coordinating Committee for Climate Change

NAPCC = National Action Program on Climate Change

NCCP = National Climate Change Process

NGO = Non-Government Organization

NSERC = National Science and Engineering Research Council

PEO = Public Education and Outreach

PERD = Program of Energy Research and Development

PERRL = Pilot Emissions Removals, Reductions and Learning (initiative)

PERT = Pilot Emissions Reduction Trading (project)

PFC = Perfluorocarbon

RAD = Reforestation, Aforestation and Deforestation

REDI = Renewable Energy Deployment Initiative

RRAP = Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program

RWIS = Road Weather Information System

SCCC = Soil Conservation Council of Canada

SDTF = Sustainable Development Technology Fund

SME = Small and Medium-size Enterprise

TDM = Transport Demand Management

TEAM = Technology Early Action Measures

TMWG = Targeted Measures Working Group

TPC = Technology Partnerships Canada

TPWG = Tradeable Permits Working Group

UMFCCC = United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

VCR = Voluntary Challenge and Registry Inc.

WTO = World Trade Organization


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Other Sources

Link has bit-rotted (surprise - not): The Australian Greenhouse Office Glossary page

Link has bit-rotted" The Cantor-Fitzgerald Emissions Trading Glossary

Courtesy Harper government, this organization (and website) no longer exist National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy Domestic Emissions Trading Glossary

Link has bit-rotted: The European Fluorocarbon Technical Committee Glossary page

Link has bit-rotted: U.S. Energy Information Administration Greenhouse Gases Glossary

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