North American Leaders Announce Climate Partnership Action Plan

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Ottawa, Canada—On June 29, U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced The North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan at the North American Leaders Summit.

In response to the signing of the Paris Agreement, this effort aims to share resources among the three countries to meet the agreement’s goals more effectively and serve as an example for other countries to follow.

“North America has the capacity, resources and the moral imperative to show strong leadership building on the Paris Agreement and promoting its early entry into force,” said a joint statement. “We recognize that our highly integrated economies and energy systems afford a tremendous opportunity to harness growth in our continuing transition to a clean energy economy.”

Among the goals of the Action Plan are reducing short-lived climate pollutants such as methane, black carbon and hydroflourocarbon, which are considered thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. The priority is methane, of which the oil and gas sectors comprise the largest source of emissions. Under the partnership, Mexico will join Canada and the United States in reducing methane emissions 40–45% by 2025 through the development and implementation of federal regulations for existing and new sources of oil and gas, as well as strategies for agriculture, waste management and food waste.

The Action Plan also announced an unprecedented goal for North America to achieve 50% clean energy generation by 2025. This includes continued clean energy developments such renewable and carbon capture/storage, aligning and improving energy efficiency standards and supporting the development of cross-border transmission projects. Cross-border transmission lines can increase the reliability and flexibility of the continent’s electrical power grid and the six transmission lines currently being proposed, can add approximately 5,000 megawatts of new cross-border transmission capacity.