COP 26 TAKE AWAYS - CANADA
- Canada is among 19 countries promising to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions from some international shipping routes at the COP26 climate talks in Scotland Wednesday.
- Transport Minister Omar Alghabra also signed Canada on to a zero-emission car accord, an international aviation emissions promise and an agreement to make heavy trucks and buses emission-free in less than two decades.
- Canada, along with more than 100 other countries, has committed at the UN climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) to halt deforestation by 2030, as a way to preserve the forests that are key to absorbing carbon dioxide and slowing global warming.
- To further support the global community’s efforts to phase out coal-fired electricity, the Prime Minister also announced up to $1 billion for the Climate Investment Funds Accelerated Coal Transition Investment Program, through Canada’s international climate finance contribution, to help developing countries transition from coal-fired electricity to clean power as quickly as possible.
- Canada is the first major oil-producing country moving to capping and reducing pollution from the oil and gas sector to net zero by 2050. To help do this at a pace and scale needed to achieve the shared goal of net zero by 2050, the government will set 5-year targets, and will also ensure that the sector makes a meaningful contribution to meeting Canada’s 2030 climate goals
- Health and climate
- A group of 50 countries including Canada have committed to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), in response to growing evidence of the impact of climate change on people’s health.
- The governments of these 50 countries, which include some of those most vulnerable to the health harms caused by climate change as well as some of the world’s biggest carbon emitters, have committed to take concrete steps towards creating climate-resilient health systems. (reducing the carbon footprint of healthcare)
- Forty-five of these countries have also committed to transform their health systems to be more sustainable and low-carbon. Fourteen have set a target date to reach net zero carbon emissions on or before 2050.
- Canada committed to allocate 20 percent of its $5.3 billion international climate finance pledge to nature based solutions in developing countries over the next 5 years in an effort to limit biodiversity loss.
OTTAWA -- Canada's environment minister fended off accusations Friday that UN climate negotiators are resorting to "weasel words" on addressing fossil fuel subsidies.
As United Nations negotiators wrestled over a final text in the closing hours of the Glasgow climate talks, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault reiterated the Canadian view that subsidies should be phased out.
"Canada and the US are in favour of having a text that states that we need to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and we would agree that a timeline should be put in there," Guilbeault said at his closing press conference at the climate talks, known as COP26.
No indication if the text to end the conference included eliminating fossil fuel subsidies at the end. Stay tuned. This is big