Canada and the UK host round-table discussion on climate risks and opportunities
Jan 26, 2021
Global Korean Post
Today, Canada and the United Kingdom hosted a virtual round table with Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, and finance leaders from North America and Europe to discuss the importance of phasing out market support for unabated coal power, from climate-risk and clean-energy-investment perspectives. Following their discussion, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson; the UK’s Minister of State, Anne-Marie Trevelyan; and Mark Carney issued the following statements:
“Today we were joined by leaders from the North American and European financial sector to discuss how we can collectively ramp up our ambition to address the greatest challenge and economic opportunity of our time: climate change.
“We are pleased that many of the largest players in the financial sector have recognized the need to account for climate risks and invest in industries and companies that have strong, sustainable business models, especially the electricity sector.
“The Powering Past Coal Alliance, co-founded by Canada and the UK, is driving the phase-out of coal-power emissions by working with governments and financial leaders to transition services and investments in coal-fired power and encourage investments in clean forms of energy. We call upon financial institutions to take steps to align their financial flows with Paris-Agreement goals, and to this end, adopt the Alliance’s Finance Principles as an important step.
“With 2020 tied for the hottest year on record, we must all take action to address climate change and help the nations of the world transition to clean electricity and build back better from COVID-19. Phasing out coal is essential for meeting our climate targets and putting the economy on a pathway toward net-zero emissions. For the good of our economies, our health, and our planet, the time to accelerate our efforts is now as we head into the Powering Past Coal Alliance Global Summit and the UN climate change meetings (COP26) later this year.”