The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), composed of a network of 2,000 scientists worldwide, stated in its February 2, 2007 report that warming of the earth's climate system is unequivocal. This study concludes that the main cause of global warming is human activity, which is increasing the presence and concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.
Canada is one of the largest per capita producers of GHGs, caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gasoline, coal and natural gas. If GHG emissions continue to grow it's expected that global warming will increase, leading to higher sea levels, flooding and more extreme weather patterns putting our health, ecosystems and economies at risk.
The RDN Board approved a Corporate Climate Change Plan for its operations on Feb. 27, 2007. The plan identifies a range of GHG emission and energy reduction measures to be carried out over the next five years.