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Provinces and States agree to curb climate pollution by 2030

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland (August 31,2015) - The 39th annual meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) has adopted a regional target of shrinking carbon pollution by 35% - 45% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Representatives from the four Atlantic Canadian Provinces and Quebec gathered with representatives from the six New England States for a one-day conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland to discuss energy and climate change. The resolution was adopted unanimously.

The NEG/ECP Climate Change Steering Committee will present a plan on how to move forward on the 2030 target at next year’s conference.

Catherine Abreu, Energy Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, had the following to say about the region’s latest climate goal.

“The NEG/ECP Conference has a long history of facilitating leadership on climate, energy and trade issues in the region. Establishing an interim carbon pollution target for 2030 is important to keep the region at the forefront of combating climate change.

The climate crisis does not recognize borders; a regional approach allows provinces and states to share resources and best practices that enable their efforts.

The timing is particularly apt given many of the Premiers and Governors present will attend the next United Nations conference on climate change set to begin November 30 in Paris, France.

Governors and Premiers also discussed the potential for exporting renewable energy from Canada to New England to help those states curb greenhouse gas emissions and meet their renewable energy goals. These conversations are encouraging, as long as we maintain the priority of first getting Canadian provinces off of polluting coal and oil.”

Through the NEG/ECP process, eastern states and provinces have already committed to reducing carbon pollution by 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 75% - 85% below 2001 levels by 2050. Most jurisdictions are on track to meet the 2020 goal.

Other goals include facilitating regional energy trade and achieving 5% market penetration of electric vehicles by 2020.

Catherine Abreu
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