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Government of Alberta announced important news regarding the: "Climate Change  Plan".

A very significant occasion with environmental leaders, indigenous and Oilpatch guests was held at the Pembina Institute of Environment - Calgary on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 just past.

Place in which it was announced that the new climate plan is, in effect, "aggressive and comprehensive".

In fact, it is the most significant change that "PND" has done so far as a government.

While the plan is known, the government faces an arduous task of implementing the various facets of this.

Ed Whittingham Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, addressed the issue by saying that this project: "Is not only the most ambitious climate energy policy, but also, is perhaps the largest single step taken by any jurisdiction at any time and in any place".

During the conference it was stated that the Minister of Environment Shannon Phillips will present various aspects of climate Alberta plan later this year 2016.

Similarly, the Minister admitted that the workload is significant, so that within some of the policies will be released later this year, while other initiatives will take longer to take place.

Here we detail the latest developments and announcements of the conference:

■ Working with the electrical system operator with aim of relying consume approximately 30 percent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

■ Renewal of the policy of micro-generation of the Province, so that owners of homes and small businesses can produce their own electricity.

■ Consult with First Nations about the opportunities and adaptation related to climate plan.

■ Hearing of the new innovation panel this week to see how the government should support innovation in green technology.

■ Listening to a panel of experts in energy efficiency, which toured the province this summer and should complete its work this autumn.

■ Creating regulations limiting emissions around oilsands.

Importantly, the leaders said more details on some of the pillars of climate plan Alberta, such as phasing out coal plants, the introduction of a carbon tax and reducing methane emissions are needed.

Of all the tasks, the emission limit of 100 megatons of the Government of Alberta in the future development of oil sands could prove to be the most difficult to create and achieve.

The implementation of carbon tax itself is considered relatively easy, considering Alberta is following the footsteps of our neighbours province of BC-British Columbia.

David Hone, the main climate change adviser with Shell International, in an interview stated that: "The biggest challenge is to respond to price carbon in the energy generation section".

Likewise I say that: "Thirty dollars (per ton) will have an impact on coal power generation, promote natural gas and thereby managed to stimulate the production of renewable energy.

Expert opinion on energy Mr. David Hone, is of fundamental importance because it has written and researched on the systems of carbon pricing worldwide, which positions it as an authority on the subject.

After the conference can be deduced that prices of electricity in the Province of Alberta will increase next year due to the carbon tax.

In addition, it was emphasized that the government of Alberta expects the courts to use their resources in order to prevent power companies do not fulfill the agreements, which ultimately could impact an increase in prices.

Some experts took the opportunity to suggest taking action on methane.

Given that in Alberta the oil and gas is considerable size in the province.

It should be noted that methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and its reduction could more effectively curb the pace of global warming.

Mark Brownstein, belonging to the Environmental Defense Fund, stated that: "The oil and gas industry is one of the largest sources of methane on the planet, behind only agriculture worldwide".

To conclude what is clear is that there is a huge challenge for the industry, just as a great opportunity for the industry in order to make a significant contribution to reducing climate change.