The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and her counterpart from the United Kingdom, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, following a meeting at the Houses of Parliament in London.
Following a successful meeting between Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, the Ministers issued the following joint statement:
"Today, we announce that Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.) will champion a global alliance on the transition from unabated coal-fired electricity at next month's United Nations climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany. From cleaner air, to public health, to sustainability, the benefits of moving towards low or non-emitting sources of power are clear.
"Both the U.K. and Canada have already committed to an accelerated phase out of unabated coal-fired electricity as part of our domestic energy policies to reduce greenhouse gases and grow our economies. Phasing unabated coal power out of the energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of our communities, and benefit generations to come. We are doing our part, but we recognize the need to accelerate the international transition from burning coal to using cleaner power sources. By working together to deliver cleaner energy, we will improve public health and advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
"At COP23 in Bonn we openly invite others who share our ambition to join us."
SOURCE: Environment and Climate Change Canada