Advertisement

Canada aligning with U.K. to fight global growth in coal-fired electricity

Canada aligning with U.K. to fight global growth in coal-fired electricity
From CBC - October 12, 2017

Canada is joining forces with the United Kingdom to push for a global crackdown on unabated coal-fired electricity.

Eliminating, or at least reducing, the world's reliance on coal is a critical step in the Paris climate change accord's efforts to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees Celsius over with pre-industrial times.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is on a two-day trip to the U.K. and Ireland this week, pushing Canada as a global leader on climate change action.

On Thursdayshe will be in Ireland to be a panellist at a climate risk conference in Dublin and tour Ireland's Marine Institute in Galway.

During Wednesday's stop in London she and Claire Perry, British minister of state for climate change and industry, announced plans to use their own national commitments to phase out coal power plants as a means to convince others to do the same.

In a statement, the two said Canada and the U.K. are both committed to phasing out unabated coal use at homeCanada by 2030 and the U.K. by 2025and they are inviting others to jump on board during the next United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany in November.

Unabated coal plants are those built without carbon capture or storage, which reduces their emissions significantly.

40% of world's power comes from burning coal

About 40 per cent of the world's power is generated from burning coal and in Canada one-tenth of electricity comes from coal plants.

"All the models show you one of the key things that has to happen if we are going to get anywhere close to our climate change commitments is that coal has to exit the energy mix as fast as possible and that means government intervention to cut it out," said Rob Bailey, research director of energy, environment and resources at Chatham House, a British independent policy think tank.

McKenna was the closing keynote speaker at Chatham House's climate change conference Wednesday but Bailey said he had not yet heard about Canada and Britain's plans.

Leadership gap left in Paris accord: Bailey

Advertisement

Continue reading at CBC »