Out with the coal, in with the new

Publication - Nov. 21, 2016 - By Benjamin Israel, Erin Flanagan

This report illustrates the environmental and health benefits of a national accelerated phase-out of coal-fired electricity by 2030. Our analysis is derived from the federal government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) made available following the development of its existing regulation for coal-fired power in 2012.

A national coal phase-out no later than 2030 would more than double the benefits compared to the existing 2012 federal regulation. This report finds that by accelerating the national phase-out of coal-fired power to 2030, 1,008 premature deaths, 871 ER visits, and health outcomes valued at nearly $5 billion (including health and lower productivity costs) would be avoided between 2015 and 2035.

The federal government should join global and provincial leaders and commit to an accelerated phase-out schedule for Canada’s coal-fired electricity.

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