The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the US President Barack Obama and the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto jointly announced the creation of the North American Climate, Energy and Environment Partnership at the North American leaders’ summit, held in Ottawa on the 29th of June.
The White House and its North American neighbours are striving to deliver 50% renewable energy by 2025. The action plan was conceived during the summit to help identify and develop the deliverables to be achieved and also the activities to be undertaken by the three countries.
Five principal areas have been identified as crucial to the process:
Development of clean energy (including nuclear energy) with the goal of obtaining 50% renewable energy by 2025. On this point, the partnership have therefore agreed to help facilitate border trade.
A pillar of this plan will be energy efficiency, consequently the energy efficiency standards should be aligned between the three countries in order to facilitate collaboration.
The action plan calls for the reduction of methane emissions in the Oil & Gas sector, carbon capture and the phasing out of well-known HFCs, which has been mooted for a long time.
The third component of the plan is the development of green mobility, that is to say clean and efficient transportation technologies.
The program calls for a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants as well as a reduction in marine transport emissions while providing support for green road freight policies.
Environmental protection and support for innovation
This component calls for the protection of endangered species and migratory birds as well as ensuring trilateral cooperation to help manage seas and oceans.
Support for climate change policies
The three North American countries expressed a desire to position themselves as leaders of policies against climate change, in particular by reaffirming their commitment to ratify the Treaty of Paris over the coming year, but also through a series of specific measures aimed at reducing domestic emissions of greenhouse gases as well as promoting a future based on clean energy.
It is difficult to ascertain the true scope of this partnership between the three biggest states of America for the moment. However, after the COP21 last year, it is certain that the three countries wish to show their willingness and readiness to change and adapt to a better future.
The full list of measures is available on the Whitehouse website .