The working group will consist of officials from the governments of Alberta and Canada and will be advised by representatives from key Alberta industries and other experts.

The group will specifically explore opportunities with carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technology, and how Alberta can lead the way in setting up Canada to be a global leader in emissions-reducing technology.

“As a pioneer in CCUS development, Alberta has more than a decade of experience with this technology. The ingenuity of Alberta’s energy sector combined with our geological capacity to store carbon and the federal government’s commitment to invest in CCUS is a winning combination for Alberta.”

Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy for Alberta

“Carbon capture technology creates jobs, lowers emissions, and increases our competitiveness. It’s how we get to net-zero.”

Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

“Capital Power has been active in CCUS for over a decade, and we believe it is essential to achieving step-change reductions in emissions across the power sector and industrial sectors to achieve Alberta’s and Canada’s carbon reduction objectives. We're honoured to be part of the collaboration on this working group and put these game-changing technologies into action.”

Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO, Capital Power

“Reducing emissions is a complex but critical challenge. Industry and governments must work closely together if we are to succeed. Establishing a policy environment that supports the necessary investments in carbon-reducing technologies such as CCUS will take a lot of work, but we are committed to helping drive to a solution.”

Rhona DelFrari, chief sustainability officer and senior vice-president, Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy Inc.

“As an early adopter of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), and a leader in blue ammonia in Alberta, Nutrien is proud to partner with governments and key stakeholders to enable emissions-reducing technologies. By building a road map together, we can unlock new investments, jobs and the necessary policy to make Canada a world-leading low-carbon economy.”

Chuck Magro, president and CEO, Nutrien

Alberta-Canada CCUS Working Group members include policy experts from:

  • Alberta Energy
  • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Alberta Jobs, Economy and Innovation
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Quick facts

  • Alberta has invested more than $1.2 billion in two successful CCS projects: the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line project and the Quest project.
  • Alberta Carbon Trunk Line:
    • The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) project is a $1.2-billion project – with up to $495 million in support from the Alberta government and $63 million from the Government of Canada.
    • In June 2020, the project started full operations with the first injection of carbon dioxide at their field near Clive.
  • Quest Project:
    • Quest is a $1.35-billion project – with $745 million in support from the Alberta government and $120 million from the Government of Canada.
    • Since opening in late 2015, the Quest project has captured and stored more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide.