Canada Announced a Plan to Stop All Coal Use by 2030

Clean air is coming to the Great White North.

11. 25. 16 by Dom Galeon
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Doable goal

The Canadian government is accelerating its transition from traditional coal power to cleaner alternatives, aiming to mostly run on clean energy by 2030. The announcement was made in an official government press release by the Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The accelerating phase-out of coal power will significantly improve the air quality and the health of Canadians. These actions will reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than five [megatons], in 2030. This reduction is the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

From an original 80% target, the government is instead pushing for 90% non-carbon emitting energy sources by 2030. “Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. “It sends a clear signal to the world that Canada is a great place to invest in clean energy.”

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Modern and integrated

The effort will be funded by the Canada Infrastructure Bank, creating a modern and integrated clean-power system. Businesses, homes, and cars will all be powered by clean energy. The government also believes that this will serve as a signal for foreign investors that Canada is taking a lead in clean energy.

“Well planned infrastructure generates economic growth, supports communities, and leaves a lasting legacy for Canadians,” Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said. “Our long-term infrastructure plan will ensure access to safe water, clean air, and greener communities where Canadians can watch their children play and grow.” Currently, about 8% of Canada’s total GHG emissions come from coal-powered plants, which is about three quarters of GHG emissions from the country’s electricity sector. The government is determined to change that.

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With the effects of global warming and climate change continually being seen and felt around the world, Canada envisions a better environment for the future. As the announcement said: “By investing in clean energy now, Canadians will have better air to breathe, improved health, and a more sustainable and prosperous economy for our children and grandchildren.”


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