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12/04/2015 01:35 EST | Updated 12/04/2016 00:12 EST

Saskatchewan premier home from Paris, says world interested in carbon capture

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has returned home after attending the international climate conference in Paris, where he promoted carbon capture and storage technology.

Speaking to reporters at the Regina airport on Thursday evening, Wall said the world was happy to listen about the province's Boundary Dam project.

He noted that before the Saskatchewan delegation left for the conference, the United Nations issued a report and the project was the only specific one in Canada they mentioned.

The $1.5-billion facility at SaskPower's Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan opened with much fanfare in October 2014, though it has had some technical problems and cost overruns.

The goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually, but documents leaked to the Opposition NDP show the facility has been working 45 per cent of the time.

Wall has said delegates in Paris understood that new technology can have hiccups.

He reiterated Thursday that the United Nations understands the value of carbon capture and storage technology.

"I think they realize that there's a thousand coal plants being built around the world right now," he said. "We can look at carbon taxes in various western economies and cap and trade, but we also better be dealing with coal. And that's a technology that we're obviously working on, and leading on."

(CTV Regina)

 

The Canadian Press