COP18: Alberta attends UN climate change conference

Plenary session after the COP18 Opening Ceremony

Plenary session after the COP18 Opening Ceremony

On Friday, I will be travelling to Doha, Qatar for the United Nations 18th annual climate change conference (COP18).

I am proud to join federal Environment Minister, Peter Kent as part of the Canadian delegation representing our province and country at this high-profile international event.  Alberta’s been a valuable participant since the conference began in 1995 and our contribution should not be underestimated.

Last year, the United Nations acknowledged carbon capture and storage as a viable solution for managing greenhouse gas emissions.  Alberta is well recognized and acknowledged for our CCS program and I will have many opportunities to share our experiences.

Construction of the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project is now underway just outside of Edmonton.  Once complete, the Shell Quest project will divert more than one million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere – equivalent to taking 175,000 cars of the road every year.

As a leading energy producer, we have a responsibility to manage our impact on the environment.  We support the development of a carbon management framework that reflects global energy realties and encourages innovative technology solutions.

Throughout the conference, I will meet with leading experts and other delegations to learn what they’re doing to tackle climate change.  This is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas on environmental management, promote our province, and share our own clean energy story.

Joining me at the conference are four capable individuals from my ministry – Bev Yee, Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategy and Engagement, Zeeshan Syed, Manager International Policy, Riley Georgsen, my Chief of Staff, and Bob Savage, acting Director of the Climate Change Secretariat.  Bob is already on the ground attending the first week of climate change sessions.

We’ll post regular updates about our experiences and achievements in Doha here on the blog and through twitter.

Please see my itinerary to learn more about Alberta’s role at COP18.

– Diana McQueen

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