In June of this year we
reported on the provincial government's
"re-thinking" of the climate change file. At that time
the government announced modifications to the Specified Gas
Emitters Regulation ("SGER") and the creation of a
Panel to report on the views of Albertans vis-ŕ-vis climate
change policy. The government has recently announced both the
composition and timeline for the Panel.
In addition to Andrew Leach, the chair, the panel will consist
of four other members:
Gord Lambert, president and chief
collaboration officer of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability,
formerly with Suncor Energy
Linda Coady, chief sustainability
officer for Enbridge Inc.
Stephanie Cairns, principal of
Wrangellia Consulting, and a Pembina Institute board member.
Angela Adams, director of education
with Unifor, and a trustee with the Fort McMurray Public School
Minister Phillips has requested the Panel provide their report
by late October or early November. The government has also signaled
that it wishes to have an Alberta Climate policy in place prior to
the United Nations Conference of the Parties being in held in
Pairs, France in December.
While the Panel has yet to carry out its public consultation and
reporting, one outcome seems certain - an increase in reduction
targets for Alberta emitters. The more pressing issue is how the
government will seek to achieve this outcome. Will SGER be a
meaningful model or revoked in favour of a new approach? Will
government continue to target industry or will consumers be called
upon to contribute in meaningful ways?
McLennan Ross will continue to monitor these developments and
provide updates as they become available.
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