Canada will close its coal-fired power plants by 2030 as part of its strategy to cut greenhouse gas emission under the Paris climate accord, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced on Monday.
The plants, located in four provinces, produce about 10 per cent of Canada’s total CO2 emissions, and closing them will remove the equivalent in emissions of 1.3 million cars from roads, or five megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, she told a press conference.
“As part of our government’s vision for a clean growth economy, we will be accelerating the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030,” she said.
With an abundance of hydroelectric power, as well as nuclear, solar and wind power, 80 per cent of Canada’s electricity production emits no air pollution.
McKenna said she aims to ramp that up to 90 per cent by 2030. Citing National Energy Board…