States & Regions Alliance welcomes Alberta during COP21

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1 December 2015

PARIS: Canadian province Alberta today joined The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance, after recently releasing a new climate plan that signifies its transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one powered by cleaner energy.

The government’s Climate Leadership Plan aims to accelerate its transformation to a low carbon province, including developing renewables, implementing a price on carbon pollution and setting emission limits for oil sands. 

On the second day of COP21, Alberta joined the States & Regions Alliance, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Alliance members have long pioneered innovative policies, adopted ambitious climate and clean energy targets, supported national government to move forward in climate policies and incentivized low carbon business efforts.

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, said: “By joining The Climate Group’s States and Regions Alliance, the Alberta government is now part of a global network that will not only help support and drive their own climate ambition on a regional and national level, but also collectively influence the international climate dialogue.”

Alberta have many climate measures already in place and many being developed, such as programs to improve energy efficiency and green innovation, reduction of methane pollution and providing support to families and small business to ensure that they are protected from climate impacts.

Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta commented: “I am very pleased Alberta is now a member of the States and Regions Alliance. The issue of climate change has no borders, and by working together and learning from one another, no matter our challenges, we can all work more effectively towards meaningful action on climate change.”

Premier Notley joins the Canadian Prime Minister at the UNFCCC’s conference in Paris, where national governments are working together to agree an international climate deal to keep global warming below 2C. States and regions are an often overlooked key link between both international and national objectives, and delivery at city and local government levels. With this new climate change plan, Premier Notley is promoting how serious sub-national governments are about tackling rising temperatures.

With advice from the Climate Change Advisory Panel, Alberta will now focus its attempts on growing its economy with new clean technology innovations that reduce carbon output.

The government is aiming for two-thirds of coal generated electricity to be replaced by renewables, primarily wind power alongside natural gas, with the overall goal of clean sources accounting for up to 30% of Alberta’s electricity production by 2030. Alberta is also aiming to reduce methane emissions by 45% from the 2014 level by 2025,

Commenting on the plan’s effects on Alberta’s future, Mark Kenber added: “Premier Notley and her government clearly recognize that addressing climate change is an investment for the future of Alberta – a welcome commitment that comes at the start of crucial climate talks in Paris. We look forward to working with them and supporting their ambitious plans toward a prosperous, low carbon future.”

For any media enquiries, please contact Beth Woodthorpe-Evans, Head of Media at The Climate Group on media@theclimategroup.org or +447912514445

By Gabriella Romano

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