The new government of Alberta is taking two important steps in its commitment to climate change leadership with a goal to make at least a preliminary proposal in time for the COP21 world summit in Paris later this year. Firstly, the government is going to renew and update its current, expiring regulations governing carbon emissions. Secondly, Andrew Leach, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Energy Programs, University of Alberta Business School, is going to chair an advisory panel that will comprehensively review the province of Alberta’s climate change policy, consult stakeholders, and provide advice on a permanent set of measures.
The panel will conduct comprehensive consultation with Albertans that will take place over the next three months. It will facilitate meaningful discussion and gather input from all Albertans on how the government can take leadership on the issue of climate change. The panel will then report back to government in the autumn on what it hears from Albertans about actions that can be taken to reduce emissions from all sources. This advice will inform the development of a comprehensive new provincial strategy that demonstrates to the world Alberta’s commitment to address climate change.
Advice from the panel will be considered along with advice from a separate panel to be struck to review how the owners of the region’s oil and gas resources, the people of Alberta, receive fair return for developing their resources.
Andrew Leach, Panel Chair
“Today’s announcements is one step in formulating a new policy direction for Alberta, but there will be more to come. The climate change advisory panel process will provide the opportunity for all Albertans to provide input to shape these important policy decisions. I’m looking forward to the conversations we’ll have over the months to come.”
Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks
“Today we are taking two very meaningful steps toward crafting a solution to deal with climate change. For years, the previous government failed to develop a meaningful strategy to deal with the important issue of climate change and we are going to do things differently. Conversations with industry and climate change experts are already underway, and I look forward to engaging with Albertans as we work together with the intention of creating an effective climate change action plan that helps us achieve real, demonstrable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”
Evan Price, CO2 Solutions Inc.
“We welcome these new initiatives by the Alberta government to reduce GHG emissions. As a company, CO2 Solutions is very well positioned to capitalise on this ongoing convergence of the costs associated with emitting and capturing carbon. We believe that the reduced cost of CO2 Solutions carbon capture technology and the synergies we anticipate generating through our recently announced technical collaboration with GasTran can contribute to reducing the cost of capture towards or below the 2017 Alberta carbon levy. The relative immediacy of the new legislation, we believe, will create momentum towards the adoption of technologies by industries to help them reduce both the financial impact and the reputation damage related to being carbon emitters. We believe carbon capture has an important role to play in this, and as the undisputed technology and cost leader in this field, we are excited to pursue this opportunity.”
Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd