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Alberta to Participate in Historic Climate Change Conference in Paris

 

Premier Rachel Notley will lead a mission to Paris from November 28 to December 2 at the United Nations 21stConference of the Parties (COP21) to demonstrate Alberta’s commitment to taking action on climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy.

During the mission, Premier Notley will join her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts as part of the Canadian delegation; meet with key non-government organizations and other international decision-makers; and highlight commitments outlined in Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Plan.

“Alberta’s continued economic growth and access to new markets goes hand-in-hand with improving our international reputation by taking meaningful action on climate change. This is why I will be bringing our new Climate Leadership Plan forward at COP21. This is an important opportunity to show the international community exactly how Alberta is doing its part.”

Premier Rachel Notley

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, will attend the second week of COP21 from December 4 to 10 where she will participate in meetings and events with representatives from subnational governments and businesses.

“Our new strategy sets out a clear plan to transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon and sets emissions limits for the oil sands. I will highlight these actions in my meetings with international leaders, and I look forward to hearing their perspective on Alberta’s plan.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The estimated international mission cost for the Premier, Minister Phillips, four political staff, four public servants and three protection unit members is approximately $80,000. This estimate also includes carbon offsets that were purchased for each member of the delegation.

Itinerary for Premier Rachel Notley*

Date Event
Saturday, Nov28 Travel to Paris
Sunday, Nov 29 Meet with the Ambassador of Canada to France

Meet with Alberta delegates

Monday, Nov 30 Meet with the CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association

Attend World Bank event

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Tuesday, Dec 1 Meet with representatives from the World Economic Forum

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Meet with representatives from Air Liquide

Wednesday, Dec 2 Travel to Edmonton

*Subject to change.

Itinerary for Minister Shannon Phillips*

Date Event
Friday, Dec 4 Travel to Paris
Saturday, Dec 5 Attend COP21 events and bilateral meetings
Sunday, Dec 6 Attend COP21 Welcome Reception

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Monday, Dec 7 Participate in a panel discussion hosted by The Climate Registry

Attend Canada Night in Paris hosted by Environmental Defence Canada, Équiterre and the Pembina Institute

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Tuesday, Dec 8 Meet with the Chief Executive of Committee on Climate Change

Meet with provincial counterparts from Ontario and Quebec

Meet with the Governor of Washington State

Attend reception hosted by the Canadian Ambassador

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Wednesday, Dec 9 Meet with a representative from the California Environmental Protection Agency

Participate in a panel discussion hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development

Attend other COP21 events and bilateral meetings

Thursday, Dec 10 Travel to Edmonton

*Subject to change.

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