Alberta to Form Oil-Sands Advisory to Help Implement CO2 Policy

Alberta will rely on an oil-sands industry advisory group to help the government implement its carbon emissions reductions policy and ensure that industry is consulted, Premier Rachel Notley said.

The group, whose members will be announced in the coming weeks, will consider how to implement the 100 megaton carbon emissions limit for the industry, as well as advising on land-use and resource planning, the Alberta government said today in an outline of its legislative plan for this year. The government is still developing its climate and carbon policy, Notley said.

“They won’t be writing policy for us,” the premier said in a briefing from Edmonton. “But we have to work closely with industry. They will be fully consulted on how we get to the cap” on emissions.

More details of the climate and emissions plan will be announced in the budget in early April, Notley said. The throne speech, delivered Tuesday to announce the government’s legislative plans, also includes support for economic diversification, the creation of an energy efficiency agency and more money for a provincially owned lender to provide loans for small businesses.

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