Media Advisory – Greenpeace recommendations to climate panel: Time for Alberta to go 100% renewable
30 September 2015 – Edmonton – Today Greenpeace Canada submitted its recommendations to the Alberta Government’s Panel on Climate Change. It is the last day for public submissions to the panel, which will be introducing new climate targets and policy in time for international negotiations in Paris in December.
The key components of Greenpeace’s recommendation for Alberta include:
- adopting ambitious, binding and science-based emission reduction targets
- speeding up the phase out of coal and committing to producing 100% of Alberta’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050
- placing an economy-wide price on carbon of $50/tonne, rising to $150 by 2026
- committing to capping tar sands expansion
Who: Greenpeace Canada’s climate team – interviews can be arranged. What: Submission to the Alberta Government’s Panel on Climate Change.
When: Wednesday, September 30th.
Why: To chart a path for Alberta to be a climate leader by reducing emissions and promoting Alberta’s tremendous renewable energy potential.
“Alberta has a real opportunity to become a leader in addressing a growing climate crisis but it is going to require leadership, vision, and hard choices to do it,” said Mike Hudema, Climate and Energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. “In order to chart that path the Alberta government must listen to the science, tackle growing tar sands emissions, and embrace Alberta’s tremendous renewable energy potential. The prescription for the problem is clear — the only question is whether there’s the political will to do it.”
For more information
Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada at: 780-504-5601
Greenpeace’s submission is also viewable here online