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Ontario at COP22: Focus on Cap and Trade Program, implementation of Paris Agreement

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Ontario set a huge example at the COP22 by leading and moving forward with its commitments to work towards fighting climate change and to implement its agenda as agreed to in the Paris agreement.

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray attended 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, during which he met with leaders of various countries as well as subnational governments and promoted Ontario’s leadership on climate change. During the meetings Murray discussed the strong, coordinated action that Ontario will be taking to implement the Paris Agreement.

Murray revealed that they are working with partners in the States and Regions Alliance and 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.

The Minister also held trilateral meeting with leaders from Quebec and California and during the meeting discussed linking the cap and trade programs to further efforts to reduce emissions while boosting economic growth. The Minister also met with representatives from Vermont and the State of Washington to expand the North American carbon market.

Murray said: “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.”

Ontario is optimistic that its Climate Change Action Plan and cap and trade program will help cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, all the way to 80 per cent by 2050 and this work will effectively make it easier and more affordable for people and businesses to do their part in the fight against climate change across the globe.

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