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Alberta pledges to be ‘preferred energy supplier’ in a net zero world


The Alberta government is sending a five-member delegation to an upcoming global climate summit in Egypt, after deciding to skip last year’s conference.

The province declined to take part in last year’s Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland under former First Minister Jason Kenney.

Ministers in Prime Minister Danielle Smith’s government say it was the wrong choice.

“I think it was a mistake in the past not to be there at the ministerial level. What that has done in the past, unfortunately, has allowed the federal government to frame the narrative to set targets and dates that we can’t actually reach,” said Sonya Savage, who served as energy minister in Kenney’s cabinet but became environment and protected areas minister under Smith.

Savage will lead the delegation for the COP27 conference in Egypt in November.

“I think we have to be there at the table, to make sure the federal government is not on the world stage, promising to phase out or cut oil and gas production, making promises that it can’t hold on,” she said. said.

ALBERTA VS OTTAWA

His comments echo statements made by Smith on Monday.

“That’s the reason we’re sending our own delegation, is that I don’t think we’re well represented by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault. He’s clearly hostile to our oil and gas sector, he’s clearly trying to interfere has nothing to regulate,” Smith said.

A spokesperson for the office of the federal Minister for Environment and Climate Change told CTV News “it’s unfortunate that politicians seem more interested in fighting than continuing their work.”

The emailed statement continued: “The Canadian delegation to COP27 – as always – will include representatives from many provinces and territories and Canadian businesses. They are welcome.

He later added, “The bottom line is that Albertans and energy workers could make big gains by building on the province’s reputation as a center of innovation. Calgary and Edmonton are already among the best cleantech ecosystems in the world, with Alberta attracting the largest cleantech investments of any province in Canada. »

Savage said Alberta’s delegation to COP27 is “not here to fight.”

“The constitution says what the provincial authority is (over energy resources) and if we get along very well if Ottawa stays in its lane and respects the constitution.”

POLICY PLUS INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION

Kathleen Ganley, Alberta NDP Energy Critic, told CTV News that COP27 is an important gathering for policy makers.

“Alberta needs to send a delegation to advance our province’s interests on the world stage, not just political posturing to appease the UCP leader’s base.”

She added, “Alberta has the opportunity to attract investments that will create well-paying jobs and build a resilient economy in the future by being leaders in energy transformation.

Industry representatives are also planning to visit Egypt.

The Pathways Alliance, a collective of six major energy producers with the goal of achieving net zero by 2050, is hosting an event and panel discussion in the Canada Pavilion.

“This year has particularly highlighted the critical and growing need for secure and affordable supplies of oil and gas from peaceful, stable and responsible countries, like Canada, while meeting our climate commitments,” said Kendall Dilling, President of Pathways Alliance.

The statement continues, “Federal and provincial governments have a great story to tell about our industry’s commitment to being a preferred energy provider in a net-zero world.”

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is attending COP27 “to participate in the global conversation on energy transition, including Canada’s role in the global energy mix as a producer of safe, secure oil and natural gas. and developed responsibly”.

OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION

A University of Calgary energy transition analyst says it’s important for Alberta to make clear it has achievable and measurable emissions reduction targets, especially at a world climate conference.

Sara Hastings-Simon said what has been announced by the provincial government so far is insufficient to support the energy transition.

“We don’t have a holistic climate plan in the province, we don’t have emission reduction targets as a province, so there’s a lot of work to do to get there.”

She says “sub-national” participants at the summit are best placed when they have a clear plan.

The conference starts in Sharm El Sheikh on November 6th.

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