The trip to Germany will take place Oct. 8-14. Rowswell, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright, and Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland, will join Canadian and U.S. lawmakers, and other members of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Midwestern Legislative Conference to learn about Germany’s energy and climate transition. 

Like other countries, Germany is struggling with an energy crisis precipitated by the war in Ukraine and a pivot away from nuclear power. While still relying on fossil fuels, the country is planning a transition to renewables by 2050. The study trip will offer both MLAs the opportunity to gather first-hand information about Germany’s energy sector and to meet with government officials and industry representatives who are implementing innovative energy policies and processes. The trip will also provide an opportunity to promote low-emitting western Canadian LNG and Alberta’s energy capabilities, including hydrogen, carbon capture, utilization and storage, and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“It’s an honour to represent Alberta as we work to strengthen our province’s relationship with Germany. We are grateful for the invitation to learn about the successes and challenges they have had with their energy transition programs so that we can apply those lessons here at home.” 

Shane Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland

“Germany has been in the vanguard of transitioning to renewable energy sources. This trip is an excellent opportunity to identify cost-effective and scalable renewable technologies that Alberta may take advantage of with respect to developing our own renewable energy sector.” 

Garth Rowswell, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright

Alberta’s government is committed to working with its national and international partners to advance shared interests that can lead to new opportunities for people and businesses in Alberta and around the world.

In 2022, Alberta exported $125.3 million to Germany and imported $723.7 million worth of goods from Germany.

Itinerary for MLAs Getson and Rowswell*

Oct. 7

Travel to Berlin

Oct. 9-10

Sessions with the German Energy Agency and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Oct. 10

Travel to Essen

Oct. 11

Meeting at the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy

Oct. 12

Meetings and briefings in Essen

Oct. 13

Meetings and briefings in Essen

Oct. 16

Return to Edmonton

*Subject to change