December 9, 2019 - Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks,
released the following statement today after arriving at the 25th Conference of
the Parties to the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25)
in Madrid, Spain:
"I am pleased to be attending COP 25 alongside my fellow Canadian Ministers and
other international leaders. This conference provides governments from around the
world the opportunity to share ideas and discuss our coordinated climate change
actions to deliver on commitments under the Paris Agreement.
This conference is also an opportunity to demonstrate Ontario's continued leadership
on climate action and highlight the key components of our Made-in-Ontario
Environment Plan. The plan is our evolving roadmap to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and strengthen our resilience to the impacts of climate change, such
as more frequent extreme weather events and flooding. I am proud of the progress
we have made so far to act on our plan's climate change commitments in a way that
supports a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
I look forward to sharing the significant
progress Ontario has made towards achieving our goal to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 - a target that aligns with
the federal government's Paris commitments. Ontario is already well on its way to
this target, and we will continue to look at new information, ideas and innovations
as they emerge.
This month's conference will help to strengthen our existing relationships and build
new ones with like-minded jurisdictions working to find effective and affordable
solutions to address climate change and protect our environment while supporting
a healthy economy. I appreciate this opportunity to learn from other governments,
experts and industries about their approaches to climate action and promoting our
province's low-carbon electricity grid and clean technology sector, which gives
Ontario a natural advantage in the global shift to a low-carbon economy.
Climate change is a global issue and we all have a role to play. This requires strong
coordination and cooperation across borders. Working together, we can protect the
environment, now and for future generations."