Canada's minister of environment and climate change Catherine McKenna said the country is aiming to completely phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.
In a news conference, McKenna, who recently got back from a United Nations climate meeting in Morocco, said the goal is to have Canada generate 90 percent of its electricity from non-emitting sources by the end of the next decade. It has set a goal to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels before 2030.
“Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emission, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come,” McKenna said. “It sends a clear signal to the world that Canada is a great place to invest in clean energy.”
To support provinces that still power homes and buildings with coal power, the Canadian government will use the Canada Infrastructure Bank to finance clean energy projects. It will also seek to attract more investments in its clean energy sector. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently made infrastructure investment a focus of his administration, promising to invest C$186 billion over 12 years, including the infrastructure bank.
“Well-planned infrastructure generates economic growth, supports communities and leaves a lasting legacy for Canadians. Our long-term infrastructure plan will ensure access to safe water, clean air and greener communities,” Canada's minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi said.
Canada's coal phase-out stands in stark contrast to newly elected US president Donald Trump, who frequently promised on the campaign trail to revive his country's coal industry.