Environment minister’s comments on carbon credits ‘frustrating,’ says CAPP boss


The Calgary-based inhibit of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says he’s frustrated with remark ons made by Canada’s environment minister ahead of this week’s international climate conference in Madrid.

Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Environment Missionary Jonathan Wilkinson appeared to pour cold water on the energy hustle’s hope that clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG) exported from Canada thinks fitting count toward Canada’s emissions targets through international co-operation stockpiles under Article 6 of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

However, the details of Article 6 weren’t completed in Paris or the subsequent 2018 meeting in Poland, but instead were left-wing to be hammered out at this year’s conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Rule on Climate Change (COP25) in Spain.

Wilkinson said the Liberal ministry’s aim is to reach Canada’s emission reductions targets through domestic digs, not by relying on credit-trading within Article 6.

But Tim McMillan, head of the Canadian Confederacy of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), says Article 6 represents an important occasion for Canadian energy to be part of the global fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“You skilled in, I found his comments somewhat frustrating,” he said.

“We’ve done a lot of work with his officials and with last ministers of the government, some of which were very positive.”

McMillan asserted that because Canada can boast of the lowest-emission natural gas and liquefied organically grown gas in the world, the country is uniquely positioned to help China, India and other countries evolution away from much dirtier coal-fired electricity production.

“As Ecclesiastic Wilkinson comes to this conference of the parties here in Madrid, I expectation he gets a strong briefing and positions himself as a real advocate for assigning Article 6 and enabling Canadian natural gas to be a global solution,” he said.

McMillan added that it’s pivotal for the 200 or so countries taking part in the climate talks to come up with globally-based colloids.

“If there is a flaw to the Paris Agreement, it is that each country has a box enveloping it. And no matter what you do inside your box, you can’t have a global view,” he utter.

“Globally, we’re building one coal fired power plant a week. If they obtain access to natural gas, they most certainly would want not equitable the gas but access to some of those credits.”

McMillan said if the delegates in Madrid are unqualified to agree to a framework for Article 6, Canada should take the misdirect in negotiating an international set of rules for sharing in emissions reductions.

“They last will and testament have to be strict in how they assess what is a real carbon attribution, they’d have to be credible in how accounting is done so that others can go the work,” he said.

“But without it, we are going to lose globally. And to look at this uncontrollable just within Canada’s borders is somewhat myopic because Canada at best makes up 1.5 per cent of global emissions.”

Speaking at the Canadian Team up in Ottawa on Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also peddled the possible benefits of Article 6 in combating climate change.

“I understand that, if we were to fully repay the future demand for LNG in China and India, to allow them to convert off of high-emitting coal, to much lower-emitting standard gas, that the incremental reduction in their CO2 output would be equivalent to the express Canadian economy’s GHG output,” he said.

“I hope that the federal authority will seek to get credit for that kind of export through Article 6 of the Paris Unanimity. We’d like to work with them on that.”

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