Canada to phase out coal by 2030

Canada has announced it aims to phase out the use of coal-fired power stations to generate electricity by 2030. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement adding the country’s goal […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Canada has announced it aims to phase out the use of coal-fired power stations to generate electricity by 2030.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement adding the country’s goal is to generate 90% of its electricity from clean sources during the same period.

She believes the new measure will help the nation reduce its greenhouse emissions by five mega tonnes in the next 14 years.

Mrs McKenna said: “This will help build a more sustainable future and it is also a great economy opportunity.

“We will help achieve this goal by amending existing regulations to result in equivalent of a completely phasing out by 2030 traditional coal power.”

She added provinces would be able to choose to phase out coal entirely and replace it with lower emitting sources or using carbon capture and storage.

The news follows France’s announcement last week to phase out coal by the same period and the UK’s plans to close coal-fired power plants by 2025.