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Keynote Address, Part 6

Mon, 8 Sep 2008|

Kate Rich, Acting Director of Strategic Policy and Innovation -- Alberta, continues her keynote speech regarding Canadian trends in environmental policies and practices.



I. Yeah. So from a water management perspective. We've just given a -- stack of about how many barrels of water per barrel of oil. Where -- states that we're looking at two to five barrels a fresh water per barrel of its men. In the mine collapse and and read about half -- -- -- of freshwater. -- Olympic champion Houston to -- -- that's looking collectively at all operators and it is obvious that lot of variability between operators. And the fees is their development. Time. We take just like here we take two approaches to water we look at the ecosystem capacity -- the waters it -- city. And then we also look for. Standards on conservation. And best technologies -- management practices. To ensure that we're not wasting -- that we are using it in the best manner possible to ensure the sustainability of -- supply. So we turn water management frameworks across much of Alpert and I listed to -- we do have a water management framework for the lower have to ask them. Which addresses the Fort McMurray area and many of you -- -- development. And it's quite an aggressive framed art it -- reflects. An approach to climate change adaptation. Because it sets the limits based on flow it's it's in weekly limit of withdrawal for every one east -- The veering and fluctuating -- on that river. For those -- don't have an outbreak and this is an unregulated favorite it does have a massive rains in variability in its flow rates from week to week. And so its sex. Strict limits on how much water can be with John -- on the -- So we're ready for climate change -- it should it change the flow of that river. You management -- -- insane because it's based on the -- ever. Not not percentages and in addition we have. A management framework for the coldly beaver river area it's actually traded -- to include surface water and groundwater which Spain where an -- to have -- included already. It's lot of knowledge -- there. And it also includes quantity and quality T management objectives. We have -- and and we are looking at allocation policies -- do you have specific allocation policies regardless. Of the of the -- capacity. And her latest one that came out of water from I picked up the usability -- -- -- -- policy. As mentioned earlier said regardless of what -- there was capacity in the basin. For. Conventional and -- you operators there was. There's a shift from using fresh water as much as possible alternative sources saline or other sources to withdraw. And we also have a policy from. Quality protection -- -- zero discharge policy for processed affected waters. So that excited tailings impoundment. Or -- disposal. So the new policies that gamers to at the last six to nine months. You can teach some of them are ecosystem eighth adding key ecosystem limits and some of them are beast on efficiencies and -- activities -- water. Some of them are being sentenced human -- approach. So -- must it river -- -- water management framework was released this month. Think just -- the couple married in June the very -- -- -- And it's an interim -- art. Because it will be brought into the broader framework for the entire region right -- -- But it does set some flow requirements there. It's it shows that we team manager why not just that large -- -- you -- we have to look at separate ends as well. This second bullet there is again in the industrial heartland in the upgrading -- in December we released the line management framework for the industrial heartland. And this was theory -- future focused. We haven't read street the system capacity limit in the north this action there is still -- again unlike many of you who -- down here in Calgary that -- is -- for surface water allocations. This isn't the case in Edmonton. But we want it to you always have that room always of that -- to see we never want to reach the limit. So this frame it in essence provided some future focused policy direction to -- We would like conservation. Focusing on water -- reuse. So passing from one operator -- -- surpassing wastewater from Venus please -- -- to minimize. The dropped right -- the Marxist -- It also has a second policy on the quality -- have minimal loading on quality. We do have some phosphorus accused them loading she's in the region so it is that commitment to minimal it's turns. An impairment of in north action. In addition to bouts of -- -- based on surface water. We're now working on expanding that -- to include ground water as -- -- have to pass offense each entered. They -- surface -- -- or actively looking to include groundwater. And we are also working on. Improve water conservation efficiency and productivity. In 2003. The government operatives released water from Albert its strategy for sustainability. And -- to general direction. A 30%. It had to target of the 30%. In treatment and conservation efficiency productivity for all factors. From 2005 levels of parties to 2015. And so we are looking and creating policies that process and development as well as other sectors that certainly not limited to one sector. To see how -- most efficiently use or water. From a land management -- reclamation perspective. That. There are approximately just over 500 square kilometers that disturbed land and 65 for plumbers where's the steamy scenes. No reclamation certificates. Are. Preparations to to. It's not ski hill he's Putin at the land that. Ability. So. It is clear that. Reclamation the -- link the -- but he is young. So we are making progress it's just the certificates themselves. Our fuse and it is this the shooter for fans reclamation certificate for a small parcel. 104 actors to seeing. So it is the first certificate issued. And it was a milestone for. As well it in history and first nations who -- to get here. And more recently some news. Draft policy. Released by years TP unity. And you freezers this conservation story at the end even if it hearings performance -- interact. And -- require operators to meet performance -- -- commencing. And it includes enforcement actions in me. And all in an effort to ensure that the reclamation takes time. That is progress and it is time. On the panel that's on an eighteen states that should be able -- -- relatively. But he did want to make clear at theaters -- Alpert is the first jurisdiction in North America. To -- mandatory greenhouse gas reductions for target that's facilities it was aimed at facilities. That emit. More and 100000. Times -- GHT annually. And in these facilities required to meet 12% reduction -- Marks the end of march 2000. There are many activists history to reach this companies could actually improve efficiency of operations they can purchase -- Or if they -- unable to do the first two day period and pay fifteen dollars per ton to the emissions. And the -- else. And these days in and companies -- approximately two point six million time reduction through news. Reduced emissions or to verify -- And in some companies paid -- Companies that we're table to meet those targets paid forty million dollars in -- the emissions and which will be directed TT team -- So a relatively new policy. Is that -- -- -- climate change strategy. -- is an updated version was released in January 2000 -- And -- It just builds from the 2002 strategy. And it just. -- -- at the forefront. Commitments to GHT reduction and climate change adaptation. So that premise of the strategies and or rubble of my tiny fifty. To -- -- -- by 200 megatons. And that can be done in three waves the first which is that yellow which way is through conservation and energy efficiency. The large granting green is the carbon capture and storage and the bulk of that carbon capture and start -- sort of sense -- -- it. And it's based on projected growth not today's emission projected growth. And then he warranties is from -- energy production so removing barriers in -- alternative energy. So. Bottom carbon capture and storage today that in essence probably -- biggest challenge their biggest opportunities carbon capture and storage. And we established the Alberta carbon captions first element council this year in April. And the council is working it's a it's a working group of government industry. Assessing and making recommendations regarding approaches to really see carbon capture and storage. Comes plain Alberta. And just last week fifteen year announced that he should have a two billion dollar fine and and to support carbon capture and storage projects. You know very. So in essence this light it is purposely no figures -- on but he is to say. -- it is clear that oilsands. Emissions per barrel -- these are. Larger than those of conventional. But says it carbon capture inserts come tell -- -- in the long term we DC it means to reduce the load -- international. Typical conventional. Emissions. So finally. Everything discussed so far -- media specific but there's also pushed to integrate. Environmental social and economic objectives to set a clear direction for Alberta and I just wanted to name to be -- provincial policies. And that will have such implications with oilsands development. And the first is. Let's -- -- oilsands strategic plan. And ends in Alberta the seniors she's -- letters to some ministries to set some objectives in the short term. And treasury board has been tasked with creating if she -- Japan for the development of a sense regions. And that. -- strategy. Is really aimed at that integration at a provincial level of what does -- -- heat for social environmental and economic. Objectives related to oil sands. And because many many ministries -- -- -- environment has just -- And the second provincial strategy is delaying east framer and -- these framers is aimed act. Defining regional -- comes again economic environmental and social but at a regional level and -- set. Six regions in Alberta. And the northeast plan which is highlighted bearing parade. Includes the after NASCAR -- as -- as pulled late. And it is considered one of the prototypes so -- will be wanted to be first. Regional plans to be completed the target is by 2010. But it really is looking to say this is the blueprint for development to start to integrate beyond just. Air water land but to include social and economic. So -- DC. As Jamie Lee working on TU scales to look at specific media -- environmental objectives. And determine ecosystem capacity as well the best efficiency -- the best technology. So none of that. Capacity it's wasted. And you also see us working to integrate at the at Phnom with the economic and social drivers. To best develop -- cents -- now where.

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