Ontario Leads on Climate Change at COP22
Focus on Cap and Trade Program, Implementation of Paris Agreement
Today, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray released the following statement on the United Nations' 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco:
"This week I met with climate change leaders from countries and subnational governments across the globe at COP22 to promote Ontario's leadership on climate change and to discuss the strong, coordinated action we will all take together to implement the Paris Agreement.
We continued working with our partners in the States and Regions Alliance and the Under 2 MOU, reinforcing the essential role subnational jurisdictions like Ontario have in helping national governments meet the goals of the agreement. Ontario also joined the 2050 Pathway Platform yesterday, which facilitates sharing resources, knowledge and experience among subnational and national governments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
I held a trilateral meeting with leaders from Quebec and California to discuss linking our cap and trade programs to further efforts to reduce emissions while boosting economic growth. I also met with representatives from Vermont and the State of Washington on further expanding the North American carbon market. I look forward to continuing this important work with our partner jurisdictions.
I also want to thank the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna for her efforts at COP22. Ontario is pleased to have an active partner at the national level to develop a pan-Canadian framework for climate change and work together to meet Canada's international commitments.
Our government is committed to fighting climate change. Our Climate Change Action Plan and cap and trade program will help us cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, all the way to 80 per cent by 2050. The work we are doing here in Ontario, and through our partnerships across Canada and around the world, will help make it easier and more affordable for people and businesses to do their part in the fight against climate change.
Ontario will continue to lead and move forward because our future depends on the choices we make today."