Canada Announces Coal Emission Phase-Out by 2030

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Canada has joined other countries in announcing a complete phase-out of coal power emissions.

Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced the country’s goal of eliminating coal by 2030 during a United Nations-sponsored climate-change conference in Morocco, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Coal-generated power currently represents nearly 10 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions coming from four provinces – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Provinces will have the option of phasing out coal entirely or using carbon capture and storage technology.

The government of Alberta, the biggest user of coal and home to five of the six biggest coal-fueled power plants in Canada, announced its intent to phase out coal-fired generation, also by 2030.

Ontario, Canada’s largest province by population, phased out coal in 2014. Canada is the world’s 12th-largest coal producer, and roughly three-quarters of the coal it imports comes from the United States.

Currently 80 percent of Canada’s electricity comes from non-carbon emitting sources, and the goal is to increase that to 90 percent by 2030.

Other countries have announced their intent to eliminate coal power, including France, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria. 

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