Alberta, Ontario Working Together on Climate Change

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

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. 

    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with Alberta Premier Notley
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with Alberta Premier Notley

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. We are taking an important step toward optimizing the impact of provincial resources by forming this exciting partnership with CCEMC. “Together, OCE and CCEMC will be able to take a coordinated, collaborative approach to clean technology innovation and commercialization and become a strong example of how investments in the environment inevitably translate into investments in the economy.”

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.

Wynne’s announcement of the partnership comes weeks after passage of her government’s own Climate Change policy.  The policy included an unpopular Carbon pricing system that would see prices on gas rise 4.3 cents/litre at the pumps, and raise the price of natural gas $5/month.