Climate Summit Americas concludes on a positive note

Published on : Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jerry Brown, Kathleen Wynne, Philippe CouillardOntario’s Climate Summit of the Americas successfully wrapped up with major announcements that will advance collaboration between government, business and community on climate change.

One of the summit’s key achievements is a Climate Action Statement signed by Ontario and 22 other states and regions, signalling 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.

Other highlights of the two-day summit include:

Keynote addresses by Al Gore, former vice-president and Nobel laureate, Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and Jerry Brown, Governor of California
An announcement by IKEA Canada on plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at its stores across Canada this summer
An announcement by CanSIA about a new solar task force that will bring industry leaders together to create a consistent and simplified solar electricity connection and metering structure across the country
A climate science statement by leading climate change expert Gordon McBean calling for governments, industry and community leaders to make risk- and science-based decisions to limit global warming

The summit builds on the action Ontario has already taken against climate change including, announcing a cap and trade program to limit the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution, 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 is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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