March 26, 2007

Alberta launches public consultation on climate change plan

EDMONTON, ALTA-Beginning March 27 in Lloydminster, the Alberta government is holding a series of ten community workshops throughout the province during March and April in order to give Albertans an opportunity to provide input on the recently-introduced climate change plan. Environment Minister Rob Renner said, "We want to hear Albertans' ideas on how we can continue to work together to address greenhouse gas emissions, for not only today, but well into the future." An information package containing a workbook questionnaire and a fact book about climate change, is available at various locations, including MLA and Alberta Environment offices and libraries, and on-line at www.alberta.ca. Materials may also be requested by calling 403/310-4455. Responses to the workbook or on-line questionnaire are due by April 25. Results of the questionnaires will be compiled and a draft action plan will be released over the summer for discussion, with a final plan to come in the fall. The public consultations follow Alberta's recent introduction of Bill 3, the Climate Change and Emissions Management Amendment Act which will require existing large industrial emitters to reduce their emissions intensity by 12 per cent, effective July 1 (EcoWeek March 12, 2007).

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