Canada to phase out coal power by 2030

Canada to phase out coal power by 2030

Canada has announced plans to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030.

Canadian Environment Minister Kathleen McKenna said the objective is to reach 90% of electricity being sourced from sustainable sources by then, increasing from 80% today.

The announcement is in contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s noises that he would ‘cancel’ the Paris climate change agreement and rejuvenate the American coal industry.

McKenna added that France, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark have all announced coal phase-outs for the future.

“Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come,” McKenna said.