2030 is just too late: Canada should #DumpCoal now

Add your title to demand that the federal authorities ban the export of thermal coal by 2023. 


Coal is the dirtiest fossil gas. It’s devastating to human well being and the atmosphere, ending coal-fired electrical energy means cleaner air and more healthy communities. All ranges of authorities in Canada know this and have taken steps to shift away from utilizing thermal coal to provide electrical energy. [Metallurgical coal, on the other hand, is still being used in steel-making.

The Authorities of Canada launched the Powering Previous Coal Alliance and has taken vital steps to cease the constructing of new thermal coal mines. Ontario has efficiently phased out coal-powered electrical energy, and Alberta can be off coal by 2023 – seven years forward of schedule.  

If we aren’t okay with burning coal in Canada, we shouldn’t feed coal consumption abroad

But Canada continues to export Canadian and American thermal coal from our ports – which fuels abroad energy vegetation that worsen the local weather disaster at dwelling and overseas. These coal exports produce as much as 40 million tonnes of emissions annually, equal to eight million passenger automobiles. 

The impacts from the transportation and export, notably of American thermal coal, via Canada’s largest metropolitan areas are a day by day reminder of the unfinished job at hand. Communities adjoining to rail strains that service ports are coping with the results from the publicity to diesel exhaust particulate and airborne coal mud.

Folks energy has been vital in ending thermal coal  

Over the past yr, tens of hundreds of individuals throughout the nation have voiced their calls for that Canada finish the mining and export of thermal coal. You’ve supported the work that we do at Environmental Defence, by signing petitions, taking to social media and writing letters to the editor. 

And the federal authorities has heard us. 

Over the last federal election, for the primary time, the federal government promised to ban thermal coal exports from and thru Canada no later than 2030. This dedication was reiterated within the mandate letters to ministers. 

Although begin, ready till 2030 is simply too late. 

Let’s make 2022 the final yr that Canada exports thermal coal 

There isn’t a excuse to proceed exporting coal till 2030. We’ve the know-how to exchange coal with cheaper, more healthy, and cleaner renewable vitality.

We all know that Canada and the world are far off observe to satisfy our local weather commitments and quickly minimize emissions this decade. Phasing out coal from the electrical energy sector is one the only most vital steps to get in keeping with the 1.5-degree objective of the Paris Settlement.

For Canada to really be a world chief on thermal coal, we should transfer rapidly to cease exporting the dirtiest fossil gas. A 2023 deadline offers the federal authorities a yr to develop and implement new rules – an bold however doable timeline. And we have to be bold. 

The forest fires, droughts, and excessive climate occasions of this previous yr have proven us that local weather change won’t wait – and neither can we. 

Add your title to demand that the federal authorities ban the export of thermal coal by 2023. 

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