Alberta government establishes a new oil sands advisory committee
Alberta's NDP government announced a new Oil Sands Advisory Group to advise on its Climate Leadership plan. The 15 member panel will consist of industry representatives, environmental groups and Indigenous community members.
The government recently announced it will cap greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oil sands to 100 megatonnes per year (Mt/y), excluding allowances for upgrading and co-generation of power. Although current emissions are far below that cap (closer to 55 Mt/yr), it is unclear how the limit will affect future oil sands growth.
The group will advise the government on how to best:
- implement the legislated annual GHG emission limit
- spur innovation and investment in reducing GHG emissions intensity in the oil sands, and
- develop processes to address local and regional environmental issues.
Recommendations will take a view out to 2050, including responding to federal government legislations that may affect the oil sands after 2030. The committee will serve a 24 month term and deliver an interim report within 6 months.