Madrid, Spain & Ottawa, Ont  – From Tuesday, December 3 until Friday, December 13, policy experts from Environmental Defence will be attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s twenty-fifth meeting of signatories, an event known as COP 25.

Key issues to be discussed at the conference include:

  • Negotiating fair, transparent and rigorous international rules around how countries can trade credits for emission reductions, a provision known as Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
  • Increasing the goals set by countries for their emission reductions and climate financing in order to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Currently Canada’s goal is to reduce Canada’s emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Strategies on Just Transition for workers and communities that Canada can discuss and share with other countries. The new Canadian government promised a Just Transition Act during the election campaign.

WHAT: UN Climate Negotiations in Madrid, Spain

WHEN: December 3 – December 13, 2019

WHERE: Experts available remotely from the conference in Spain, as well as Ottawa and Toronto

WHO: Julia Levin, Climate and Energy Program Manager – in Spain from December 3 to 13

Dale Marshall, National Climate Program Manager – in Spain from December 8 to 14, available in Ottawa from December 3 to 5

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Barbara Hayes, Communications Manager, Environmental Defence, bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca