Alberta and Ontario to jointly fight climate change

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met in Edmonton on Thrusday to discuss new opportunities to partner on energy and climate change initiatives, the Ontario government announced.

The Premiers announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

The MOU commits CCEMC and OCE to examining opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the production, transportation and use of natural resources in Alberta and Ontario
  • accelerating the development of renewable energy and energy storage, and
  • fostering new and innovative uses of carbon dioxide.

Wynne said: “Ontario is a North American leader in the creation, use and manufacturing of cleantech solutions. This MOU opens the door to joint projects and innovative discoveries that will help Ontario and Alberta reduce their carbon footprints and achieve their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets — benefiting the environment, and creating new, high-value jobs and economic opportunities in both provinces.”

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This partnership will combine the strengths of CCEMC and OCE to help Alberta and Ontario reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to a lower-carbon economy by identifying technology development and demonstration projects. The cleantech initiatives that result from the MOU will benefit the environment, nurture and grow the sector, and enhance Ontario and Alberta’s response to climate change.

The cleantech MOU builds on the $8-million Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program, which is jointly managed by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures and the OCE, and which brings industry leaders and academia from Ontario and Alberta together to collaborate on solutions to key industry challenges, including those related to advanced manufacturing, energy, environment, and information and communications technology.

Notley said that “Alberta is taking action to implement our Climate Leadership Plan. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a challenge shared by all provinces and, by working together, we can advance clean technology, diversify our respective economies and create good jobs.” – CINEWS

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