International collaboration

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Canada is taking action at home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive clean growth. But climate change is a global phenomenon; it cannot be solved without international collaboration. Canada is working with countries around the world to address climate change and drive economic growth.

What success will look like

Eriel and Ovide

Eriel and Ovide are grade 12 students in Iqaluit. They are interested in clean energy, and even got summer jobs working on a renewable energy project in an off-grid community. When they graduate, they want to travel – and also use their construction and engineering skills. They find an exciting project to help install Canadian-made clean energy technologies in Africa. It’s run by a Canadian development agency and funded by the Government of Canada as part of its support to help developing countries transition to low carbon economies. Eriel and Ovide get to explore the world and help communities in other countries reduce emissions and improve access to clean energy.

Key facts and figures

  • In 2015, Canada was one of 195 countries that together reached the Paris Agreement which aims to limit global average temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
  • Canada is investing $2.65 billion in climate finance to help developing countries reduce emissions and transition to low-carbon economies and build climate resilience through adaptation.
  • Partnering with 22 countries and the European Union, Canada has joined Mission Innovation and committed to doubling its investments in clean energy research and development.
  • In 2016, Canada helped to reach an international agreement to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators, and are particularly potent greenhouse gases.
  • Canada also joined 66 countries to cap emissions from aviation, helping to reduce pollution and drive innovation in that sector.
  • Along with the U.S. and Mexico, Canada has committed to reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
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