The United States and Canada are joining forces to fight climate change and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a virtual bilateral meeting.
The two leaders revealed “The roadmap of the United States-Canada partnership,“describing how they plan to work together to tackle the pandemic, national security issues, the climate and the economy.
On climate change, Biden said at the virtual event that they “will work together to show the seriousness of our commitment both at home and abroad.”
“Now that the United States is back in the Paris Agreement, we intend to demonstrate our leadership in order to inspire other countries to raise their own ambitions,” he said at the meeting. Tuesday meeting.
Roadmap calls for accelerating efforts to tackle climate change, including a high-level climate ministerial conference to align policies and goals and increase the scale and speed of action towards achieving the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The ministerial conference will also explore ways to align policies while creating jobs, tackling inequalities and building resilience to climate impacts.
“The president also reaffirmed his commitment to hold polluters accountable for their actions,” the White House said, with the two leaders pledging to tackle unfair trade from countries that fail to take strong climate action.
They will also coordinate the promotion of clean energy infrastructure and the encouragement of cross-border transport of clean electricity. The United States’ goal is to achieve a net-zero carbon-free electricity sector by 2035, while Canada hopes to achieve 90% emission-free electricity generation by 2030.
The two leaders pledged to work with public and private financial institutions in their countries to advance the disclosure of climate-related financial risks and align financial flows with climate goals.
The United States is hosting the Leaders’ Climate Summit on April 22, and Biden reiterated the goal of having a nationally determined contribution target by then, the White House said, adding that Mr. Trudeau also intended to announce Canada’s enhanced 2030 emissions target at that time.