Breaking barriers: how energy CEOs and environmental leaders worked together to support an historic climate change policy plan
A conversation with Arlene Strom, vice president, sustainability & communications, and Ed Whittingham, executive director, Pembina Institute
On November 22, 2015, the Alberta government announced a Climate Leadership Plan that included an economy-wide carbon pricing system and a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oil sands industry. In the months leading up to that announcement, a group of energy executives and environmental activists held a series of unprecedented discussions aimed at finding common ground on addressing the climate change challenge. The consensus that emerged helped inform the government’s Leadership Plan, a series of initiatives that promises to make Alberta a global leader in climate policy.
Arlene Strom and Ed Whittingham were closely involved in these discussions. We asked them to describe how the talks came about, how the participants resolved their significant differences — and how they hope to build on this momentum going forward.