U.S. – Canada Agreement is a Step Forward in Addressing Climate Change
Statement by Bill Tyndall, President of the Center for Clean Air Policy, on The US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership
WASHINGTON, DC – (March 11, 2016) – Canada and the U.S. struck a historic deal this week to combat climate change, supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Statement announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enhances cooperation in North America, including a major cooperative plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas sources across the U.S. and Canada.
“This agreement builds on the momentum set forth at Paris towards achieving global climate mitigation goals,” said Bill Tyndall, chief executive officer of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP). “The deal demonstrates a commitment by the two countries to act across a range of emissions sources to implement their own Paris targets and to cooperate with developing countries to do so as well.”
“Canada and the United States are taking action in a range of sectors in which win–win solutions to addressing emissions exist – helping to make the case that real progress towards addressing climate change can be achieved with readily available technologies.”
“The agreement to work together on oil and gas methane emissions is big news,” Tyndall added with respect to a key provision within the agreement—the commitment to cut methane in the oil and gas sector by 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025. “With a new government in Canada committed to enhancing that country’s ambition, we are seeing bold new action agreed for this major source of emissions in North America,” Tyndall said.
“Methane mitigation is an issue area that CCAP has been working on in the U.S. and internationally. As both nations advance new requirements to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations and other sectors, efforts to align policies and advance best practices can reduce transaction costs and ensure that natural gas remains a more environmentally-friendly option. Doing so will support national efforts to substantially decarbonize our economies by mid-century,” Tyndall said.
This agreement is closely related to leadership by both countries in advancing methane mitigation solutions under the Climate Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The CCAC offers an important forum to share leadership ideas and approaches with other countries and promote climate ambition. CCAP plays an active role in the CCAC’s initiative to reduce emissions of methane and black carbon from the waste sector, and is organizing a CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative workshop with Latin American partners in Washington, DC at the end of March 2016.
Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
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