Canada and coal at COP22Tracking global momentum to end coal-fired power — and why Canada should lead the way

Publication - Nov. 14, 2016 - By Binnu Jeyakumar, Bora Plumptre, Erin Flanagan

At this time, Canada is entering the second week of negotiations at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco.

As a developed nation that has recently ratified the Paris Agreement, Canada has an obligation to significant reduce its emissions by mid-century. As a foundational step, Canada should enact a national strategy to accelerate the phase out coal-fired electricity.

In planning for a coal phase-out now, Canada will place itself at the forefront of a structural shift that is already occurring — helping it to avoid the high potential costs and stranded assets that would result from a policy orientation that is reactive to, rather than ahead of, world trends.

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