An extra $33-million is being put forward by the provincial NDP to help curb methane emissions.
It’s part of the Climate Leadership Plan.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the goal is to develop technologies that can lead to a reduction in methane gas.
“Technologies resulting from this type of investment make Alberta more competitive in a low carbon future,” Phillips said. “And it will help open doors to new markets for our products.”
Phillips added the funding targets medium and long-term opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the oil, gas, agriculture and landfill sectors.
“This is one piece of a bigger puzzle to support Alberta’s strategic plan that encourages innovation and investment,” Phillips said. “It is one of many technology initiates as we act on our priority to address climate change.”
Phillips also said Alberta is taking the lead in this effort.
“Alberta’s leadership has lead to similar targets across North America,” Phillips said. “Alberta is therefore in a position to be a leader in technology innovation.”
Phillips says they hope to decrease methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025.
The NDP say that the gas is 25 times worse than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. (km/Newstalk770)