Earlier this year the federal government followed suit with the Alberta government in announcing a price on carbon.
Now the Trudeau government has taken another page out of our province’s climate change handbook, and has announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the goal is to make sure 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time.
She outlined the government’s strategy at a morning news conference on Parliament Hill.
“We will help achieve this goal by amending existing regulations to result in the complete phase out by 2030 of traditional coal power. Provinces can choose to phase out coal entirely and replace it with lower emitting sources, such as Alberta is planning, or they can use carbon capture and store technology. The action announced today will reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than five megatonnes by 2030. This is the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road.”
The announcement is one of a series of measures the feds are rolling out in advance of a first-ministers meeting with the provinces in early December to determine a broader climate-change plan.