Pembina Institute applauds federal government’s decision to shut down coal in New BrunswickCanada now fully on track for 2030 coal phase-out

Nov. 26, 2021

Close-up of a pile of coal

Pembina applauds Canada’s decision to reject New Brunswick’s proposal to continue burning coal past 2030. The province’s sole coal plant is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the province.

CALGARY — Binnu Jeyakumar, director of clean energy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Canada’s refusal to sign an equivalency agreement enabling New Brunswick to continue burning coal past 2030:

“Congratulations to Canada on solidifying our country's commitment to phasing out coal by 2030. New Brunswick was the last hold-out on coal power in Canada, and today’s decision brings the country one step closer to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Shutting down New Brunswick’s sole coal plant will likely result in 32 megatonnes of emissions reductions in the province between 2020 and 2045.

“The benefits of phasing out coal for public health also cannot be understated. The health impacts of air pollution from coal are far greater than any other power source.

“The federal government must provide support for New Brunswick’s transition, including helping the province achieve a net-zero electricity grid and supporting the workers and communities impacted by the shutdown of the plant. Incorporating renewables, energy storage, and energy-efficient technologies will be critical in the province’s transition.”



Sarah Nason
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute


Report: From Coal to Clean: Canada’s progress toward phasing out coal power


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