Issues around air quality and climate change are front and centre in environmental policy discussions at all levels—municipally, provincially, nationally and internationally, a Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada air issues forum heard recently.
“The status quo is no longer an option,” Shannon Flint, assistant deputy minister of Environment and Parks, said in a speech delivered on her behalf by Hamid Namsechi, section head of the air policy section. “We have a reasonable plan, we are looking for your input and we are looking for your help.”
The renewal of Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy is a priority for the government with leadership by Premier Rachel Notley and Shannon Phillips, environment and parks minister, who plan to attend the 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, said Flint. “Alberta wants to be a leader in environmental stewardship and resource sustainability,” she said. “Canada cannot be seen as lagging behind.”
PTAC has facilitated both fundamental and applied research to deal with the issue of solution gas flaring, in particular the inefficiency in the flaring combustion process, since the 1990s, she noted.
The conservation of solution gas and recent technologies to help conserve and better use it is another issue of interest, said Flint. Broadening of the mandate to consider solution gas venting and associated controls is good public and environmental policy as longer chain hydrocarbons can be odorous and photochemically active, she said. “Additionally, black carbon emissions