Today, the United States, Canada, and Mexico joined together at the North American Leaders Summit to set an historic goal — to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025, through cooperation on permitting new transmission lines, commitments to procure clean energy for our federal facilities, and cutting waste through increased efficiency.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Growing clean power also grows the economy. The plan will support more than one million jobs, on average, over the next decade. (That’s up from nearly 700,000 today.)
- Mexico is committing to cut methane emissions. As part of the agreement, Mexico will adopt the U.S. and Canada’s ambitious goal to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 – 45 percent by the year 2025.
- Transportation emissions will be reduced. The agreement will reduce transportation emissions, including aligning light- and heavy-duty vehicle standards, which will drive black carbon emissions levels from new buses and trucks to near-zero across the continent.
- 2016 is the year to join the Paris Agreement. All three countries will share a committment to join the Paris Agreement this year, in addition to reaching successful conclusions in other key international negotations this fall. This includes amending the Montreal Protocol to reduce HFC emissions and limiting emissions from the aircraft sector through the International Civil Aviation Organization.
By forging this unprecedented partnership, President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau, and President Peña Nieto underscore what has been shown at Paris and in actions around the world: climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. Through domestic actions and strong partnerships abroad, the nations of the world are continuing to join together to #ActOnClimate.
Compliments of the White House