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Climate Change

Ontario Kicks Off Climate Summit of the Americas

Leaders from Ontario, Quebec, California Taking Steps to Build, Expand North America’s Largest Carbon Market

Queens Park - On July 8, 2015, Ontario officially opened the Climate Summit of the Americas and welcomed more than 300 delegates from 20 states and regions who will work towards commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and discuss opportunities to invest in a global low carbon economy.

The summit signals growing Pan-American consensus on the urgency of fighting climate change ahead of the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties in Paris later this year. Jurisdictions participating in the summit will build on recent international successes in fighting climate change and will encourage national governments to take stronger action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Notable keynote speakers at the summit include:

Al Gore, former U.S. vice-president and Nobel laureate
Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Ontario, Quebec and California also took another step towards expanding North America’s largest carbon market following Ontario’s commitment to introduce a cap and trade program. The three jurisdictions are exploring opportunities for creating a linked cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas pollution and forge a strong, prosperous low-carbon future for North America.

The Climate Summit of the Americas builds on the action that Ontario has already taken against climate change including setting a 2030 mid-term target for greenhouse gas pollution reduction, ending coal-fired electricity generation and electrifying and improving Ontario's commuter rail network.

Fighting climate change while keeping industries competitive and strong is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, investing in people’s talents and skills, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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