In an announcement late Monday, the White House said all three North American leaders have agreed to source 50 percent of their power from clean energy sources by 2025. Canada is already surpassing that figure, and agreement from the United States and Mexico represents the continent’s solid commitment to targets outlined in the United Nations climate agreement in December, when leaders from 198 countries pledged to tackle climate change as a global issue. Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau, and Enrique Peña Nieto are meeting in Ottawa this week to discuss further partnerships in reaching the ambitious goals.
The national leaders are expected to formally commit to the clean energy plans today at the so-called “Three Amigos” summit. Each country will adopt the goal to draw at least 50 percent of its power from renewable sources, including hydropower, wind, solar and nuclear plants, carbon capture and storage. Measures for energy efficiency will also become part of the plan.
Touted as an “aggressive goal” by Obama senior adviser Brian Deese, the U.S. will bear the brunt of the work to reach the target. Currently, the U.S. produces about 75 percent of the power used in all three countries. Within the U.S., clean energy sources account for approximately one-third of the nation’s power, so escalating to 50 percent clean energy for the continent will indeed be a challenge.
Deese pointed out, though, that Mexico had previously pledged to reach 35 percent by 2024, although the country is currently getting less than 20 percent of its power from clean energy sources. Canada, on the other hand, is already exceeding the 2025 goal, producing 81 percent of power from hydroelectric, solar, wind and nuclear power generation, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) which first broke the news of the deal.
Via The Guardian