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Environment Accounts and Statistics Product Catalogue
Environment Accounts and Statistics Division is Statistics Canada's focal point for the collection, analysis and dissemination of environmental information. This reference guide briefly describes the division's programs, as well as all publications and electronic products offered on a quarterly, annual, biennial and occasional basis.

Released March 19, 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-257-X)

Industrial Water Use, 2005
This report incorporates the statistical tables from the preliminary release made in July 2007. The Industrial Water Survey was sent to thermal-electric power generating plants (including nuclear electric power generators), coal mines, metal mines, non-metallic mineral mines (excluding sand, gravel, clay and ceramic and refractory mines and quarries) and manufacturers. The information collected included the sources of water used, what purposes industry used the water for, whether or not water was re-circulated or re-used, where the water was discharged and what treatments were used for water brought into the establishment and discharged from the establishment. Also, water acquisition costs and operating and maintenance expenses related to water intake and discharge were collected.

Released March 12, 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-401-X)

Dependence on cars in urban neighbourhoods
This article, published in Canadian Social Trends, focuses on the relationship between the types of neighbourhoods in which people live and the use of cars for daily travel. The article examines the following questions: How much do residents of peripheral areas and low-density (suburban) neighbourhoods depend on cars in their daily lives compared with residents of more "urban" neighbourhoods? To what extent can residents of central neighbourhoods go about their day-to-day business without necessarily using a car? In which metropolitan areas is exclusive use of the automobile most common?

Released January 22, 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11-008-X)

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Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators: Data Sources and Methods
These reports present details on the data sources and methods underlying the indicators for air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater quality reported in Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (16-251-X).

Air quality indicators: Release – spring 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-254-X)

Greenhouse gas emissions indicator: Release – spring 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-255-X)

Freshwater quality indicator: Release – spring 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-256-X)

Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2007 and 2008
This is Statistics Canada's annual flagship publication for environmental statistics. With emphasis on human activity and its relationship to natural systems—air, water, soil, plants and animals—Human Activity and the Environment presents a compendium of maps, tables and charts. This information is punctuated with simple analysis and interpretation, which together provide statistical insight into Canada's environment. The feature article in this issue is "Climate change in Canada." The article provides the latest greenhouse gas emission data, an overview of impacts on the environment and concludes with adaptation and mitigation activities underway by governments, businesses and citizens.

To be released April 22, 2008 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-201-X )

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Quarterly Energy and Greenhouse Gas Estimate Project
Cindy Lecavalier

Statistics Canada currently produces annual estimates of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with dimensions that are consistent with the Input and Output framework of the System of National Accounts. The release of these annual estimates is about three years behind the reference year.

A new project of quarterly estimates of both energy use and GHG emissions is now underway to improve the timeliness and frequency of these estimates. It looks at current economic changes from an environmental perspective by integrating the most current data from sub-annual surveys, such as the Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, and sub-annual surveys that feed into the Report on Energy Supply and Demand.

These quarterly accounts will provide Canadians with a leading indicator of energy use and GHG emissions based on the most current economic data available. The estimates will follow the release and revision cycle of the quarterly national accounts, and will be revised as more detailed estimates from Environment Canada and Statistics Canada become available. The initial results of this project are expected to be released in 2009.