Ontario, Québec and Oregon Partner to Fight Climate Change
State-Province Partnerships Are Key to Cutting Pollution and Unlocking New Economic Opportunities
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will accelerate the three governments' leading work in the global fight against climate change.
The new agreement supports the three regions' shared commitment to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and demonstrates the value of governments working together across borders to fight climate change and create new opportunities in the clean economy.
Through this agreement, Ontario, Oregon and Québec commit to working together towards the common goals of exploring market-based solutions to reducing GHG emissions, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy, and protecting our shared environment against the effects of pollution and climate change. The agreement includes key areas of cooperation and collaboration, such as the open sharing of information and experience with successful policies and programs, as well as sharing research into clean technologies such as biofuels and advanced manufacturing and materials.
At a time when some jurisdictions and special interest groups are attempting to thwart climate action and give polluters a free pass, state-province partnerships are proving essential to stopping runaway climate change before it is too late. By coordinating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement will create new opportunities for job creation and sustainable economic growth.
- Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 50 percent of the electricity Oregonians use come from renewable resources by 2040.
- Québec’s 2013-20 Climate Change Action Plan sets out 30 priorities and more than 150 actions to fight climate change.
- Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
“Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions. Unfortunately, there are still powerful interests denying climate change and threatening to permanently destabilize our planet. That makes it so important for states and provinces to collaborate and lead the way. We’re showing that we are taking this problem seriously, and that when we take action together, the planet and the economy come out ahead. Whether it’s shutting down our coal power plants or entering into the joint carbon market with Québec and California, Ontario is a leader. We have a lot to offer and much to gain from building these kinds of cross-border partnerships. I believe in bringing people together as we transition to a low-carbon economy. That’s how we create good jobs and a healthy planet for our children.”
“The fight against climate change has no borders. Federal and provincial governments must mutually support each other’s efforts to achieve the goals laid out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To meet this challenge, it is important to combine forces, just as Quebec, Ontario and Oregon do today. These efforts, by the members of the Western Climate Initiative, demonstrate the need for a contribution from all levels of government to face the fight. This has positive impacts on the health and safety of citizens, on their lives and their environment as well as the economies of the three partners. Cooperation, sharing of information and experiences are essential to move even further. By working together, we will succeed in the ongoing transition to a modern, greener and lower-carbon economy.”
“Oregon has a proud tradition of environmental stewardship, and we are committed to combating the impacts of climate change and developing a sustainable energy mix of the future. If the effects of wildfires and winter storms on local businesses and Oregon’s economy are any indication, we cannot stop our efforts to combat climate change. Despite the decision by the White House to retreat, Oregon will continue moving forward and pursuing innovative strategies that meaningfully reduce carbon emissions and support a thriving economy of the future. Working with regional and international partners will be key to realizing this shared vision to ensure our communities and economies adapt to meet the challenge of climate change.”