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Recommendations on Terms of Reference for Strategic Assessment of Thermal Coal Mining

Recommendations on Terms of Reference for Strategic Assessment of Thermal Coal Mining
Subject: 
Impact Assessment Act, strategic assessment, coal
Author: 
Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel
Summary: 

In July 2020, the federal government released draft terms of reference for a strategic assessment of thermal coal mining – the first strategic assessment conducted under Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act. Done right, a strategic assessment could help halt the mining and export of this carbon-intensive product. However, the terms of reference describe a process that falls far short of the mark.

In this submission, we recommend a world-leading strategic assessment process that will not only help Canada reduce global carbon emissions, but also set the stage for successful future assessments.

Publication Date: 
September 4, 2020
Publication Pages: 
11
Publication Format: 
PDF