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Emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions differs for different
types of energy. See Statistics Canada, 2004, Human Activity and the
Environment: Annual Statistics 2004, Catalogue no. 16-201-X. For example electricity generation at natural gas or coal fired
plants will result in emissions, while hydro-electric generation will not.
Burning natural gas or oil in the home will also result in air pollutants
and GHG emissions, while wood burning releases air pollutants such as particulate
matter, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide.
Gasoline used to fuel motor vehicles
or gas-powered devices, such as lawnmowers or snowblowers, and energy from
small propane tanks purchased from stores for gas barbecues, camping and similar
purposes are excluded. Also excluded is energy from those households with
solar panels or windmills that did not purchase energy from an energy supplier.