Canada and its innovation, leadership, commitment to action, and partnership with the U.S. were front-and-center during Climate Week NYC in September – the Week is one of the largest and most prominent climate change initiatives in the world, and in 2021 represented the last significant global event before the highly anticipated CoP26 in Glasgow starting October 31.
Things kicked off with a bang for Canada when, during the Opening Ceremony, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) announced that New York State had selected the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission project to provide clean hydropower from Quebec to New York City, as part of the state’s implementation of its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The announcement was a significant milestone not only in Canada-New York relations, but a clear acknowledgement of the important role that clean, reliable, and affordable Canadian energy can and should play in helping the U.S. meet its ambitious climate goals.
The Consulate General in New York held two virtual events, on the oil sands sector’s recent net-zero commitment and on the climate solutions Canada is pursuing through sustainable forest management practices. Canada was also featured throughout the Week’s over 500 events on a range of issues, such as carbontech, electric vehicles, sustainable finance, and climate activism.