Facing a provincial election by late May, the United Conservative Party (UCP) government of Alberta has formally adopted the Liberal Canadian administration’s goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.


The 66-page Alberta Emissions Reduction and Energy Development Plan was endorsed by UCP Premier Danielle Smith. The UCP accepted the carbon reduction target as provincial consensus and rated natural gas as part of that economic growth route.

Canada also should accept an increase in the national 1.6% share of global emissions from growing Alberta output for LNG exports, UCP noted.

“Canada can contribute to global emissions reductions by increasing natural gas production and liquefied natural gas exports to coal-reliant countries, even if it results in...