After announcing a cap on Canada's oil and gas sector that will see net zero emissions by 2050, and pledging to ban coal exports by 2030, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that countries will continue to push each other to be "even more ambitious" on their fight against climate change.
"I think one of the things we recognize is that we're going to need to be continuing to push our levels of ambition. What we're doing by pushing hard now and pushing on the development of new solutions and technologies, new ways of growing our economy, of decarbonizing, is going to allow us to continue to be even more ambitious," said Trudeau.
"What we decide right here is going to be important, but as we continue to push, and be even more ambitious as we support people with good jobs in our communities and around the world, as we support the developing world with the need to reduce emissions and provide energy for their citizens in ways that don't contribute to accelerated greenhouse climate change. These are the things that we need to do," he said.
"So yes, I am confident we're going to be able to stay on that track for 1.5 [degrees], because I am confident that we're going to continue to keep pushing ourselves and each other to be more and more ambitious."
On Monday, the prime minister followed up on the Liberal Party promised to introduce a cap on emissions for oil and gas companies. Trudeau's plan involves forcing oil and gas companies to curb their emissions until it hits zero in 2050.
"We'll cap oil and gas sector emissions today and ensure they decrease tomorrow at a pace and scale needed to reach net zero by 2050," said Trudeau.
"That's no small task for a major oil and gas producing country. It's a big step that's absolutely necessary."
Trudeau's new environment minister is expected to launch the consultations for this program on Monday. Trudeau also stated that Canada will commit $5 billion to help poorer countries reduce their own emissions.
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