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Canada announces coal phase-out

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The Canadian government has announced plans to speed up the country’s phase out of traditional coal-fired power plants, targeting 2030 as the date by which such plants should close.

The country will also aim to ensure 90% of electricity comes from sustainable sources, Federal Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, said in a statement. Currently, 80% of the country’s power comes from non-emitting sources; coal-fired power in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, however, accounts for 10% of Canada’s total greenhouse emissions.

In response, the Coal Association of Canada (CAC) said it was “disappointed” by the announcement, saying the move would result in job losses and increases in the cost of electricity.

“The coal mining industry in Canada supports the reduction of emissions and increases in efficiencies and would prefer to see investment in cleaner coal technologies,” the CAC said in a statement. “Coal 0fired generation will be a significant portion of the global energy mix for decades to come and Canada has a change to invest in technologies that could be used around the world to reduce emissions in developing countries.”

The Federal government did not include coal-fired units that employ carbon capture and storage in the phase-out. Canada is the home of the world’s first commercial-scale CCS facility at a coal-fired power plant at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan.

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