Alberta Paris Agreement

The Premier of Alberta has a long list of items on the agenda, but his provincial and territorial colleagues will be asked to accept a specific provision of the international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions – the 2015 Paris Agreement. Canada has played its part in achieving this position by joining a negotiating bloc called the High Ambition Coalition, consisting of the Marshall Islands, the European Union, the United States, Brazil, Australia and dozens of countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, to support the position that global temperature increases should be maintained at 1.5 degrees Celsius. “Canadians can be proud of the strong and positive role we have played in these very important international negotiations to meet one of the greatest challenges of our generation,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, as the statement rightly states, “there is a lot of work to be done at home and around the world to implement the agreement.” Canada`s Environment Minister said at a closed plenary session in Paris: “If we want to achieve this temperature target, everyone has to be there. We need maximum participation in which everyone will do their best.┬áThe purpose of this blog is to examine what these best efforts on the national territory mean for Canada and the AlbertaS oil sands. Global emissions remain higher than countries promised under international agreements. To see the magnitude of the jobs awarded, you see two examples as comparisons, one from British Columbia and the other from Atlantic Canada. Overall sacrificed employment corresponds: a serious shortcoming of the Paris Agreement is for many the failure to create legally binding reduction obligations or to include sanctions or sanctions for non-compliance with the legally binding parts of the agreement. On the contrary, a “specialized and facilitation” committee is created as part of the agreement to “facilitate implementation and encourage compliance in a “transparent, non-contradictory and non-reprehensible” manner (Article 15). Since transparency mechanisms are in place to communicate on non-compliance, any non-compliance with the obligations arising from the agreement leaves open the stick of designation and shame to the parties.

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