18 July 2011 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ESCTER AND STCEES VISIT TO CANADA, 11-14 JULY 2011
Canadian unconventional oil and gas resources can make an important contribution to Western energy security, and their environmental impact, although not inconsequential, is significantly less than some critics allege. This was the message received by a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in briefings by provincial authorities, industry representatives and independent experts in Edmonton and Fort McMurray (Alberta) and Dawson Creek (British Columbia) from 11 to 14 July 2011.
In a joint mission of the Economics and Security (ESC) and the Science and Technology (STC) Committees, 19 members of parliament participated learned more about
The delegation was led by Mr. Leon Benoit, a Canadian Member of Parliament and Chairman of the ESC’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations, and Mario Tagarinski, a Bulgarian Member of Parliament and Chairman of the STC’s Sub-Committee on Energy and Environmental Security.
The delegates visited
Technological advances and high energy prices have contributed to the boom in
Concerns about greater gashouse emissions generated by unconventional extraction were also addressed. Company representatives and provincial authorities underlined that they are working to lower these emissions. However, they maintained that 85 per cent of emissions stem from end use, not energy producers, and that there is tremendous scope to improve energy efficiency across all sectors. Public policy should accordingly focus on this aspect, rather than on restricting energy production and singling out unconventional oil and gas, particularly as world energy demand is soaring.
The delegation also learned of the challenges for industry, provincial authorities and the Canadian government in bringing Canadian oil and gas to markets other than the
Furthermore, the delegation had discussions on other topics, receiving briefings about environmental change and security challenges in the High North; the rise of China and Canada’s relationship with the country; and the state of the Canadian-US economic and strategic partnership.
A full Mission report (on the NATO PA Facebook page) will be available soon...