The Climate Leadership Plan is a made-in-Alberta strategy to reduce carbon emissions while diversifying our economy and creating jobs. The plan is being developed based on recommendations put forward by the Climate Change Advisory Panel.
The federal government has announced that provinces must enact an emissions reduction plan or Ottawa will impose a federal carbon tax in 2018. With the Climate Leadership Plan, the government is launching an Alberta-first strategy designed specifically for our own unique economy. We are acting today, before the federal government acts for us.
Several key aspects of the plan are moving forward:
- implementing a new carbon price on greenhouse gas emissions
- ending pollution from coal-generated electricity by 2030
- developing more renewable energy
- capping oil sands emissions to 100 megatonnes per year
- reducing methane emissions by 45% by 2025
Carbon levy and rebates
An economy-wide price on carbon is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Beginning Jan 1, 2017, a carbon levy will be applied to heating and transportation fuels such as diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane.
The carbon levy is the key tool that will pay for the transition to a more diversified economy. All of the revenue generated from the levy will be reinvested in the economy to fund:
- efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- development of renewable energy projects and green infrastructure
- research and innovation
- rebates for Albertans to offset cost increases
Ending coal pollution
Alberta produces more coal pollution than all other Canadian provinces combined. These emissions contribute to poor air quality and have been linked to a number of health conditions. Transitioning to cleaner sources of energy will protect our environment and our health.
Developing renewable energy
By 2030, one-third of Alberta’s coal generating capacity will be replaced by renewable energy; two-thirds will be replaced by natural gas.
Capping oil sands emissions
Alberta will implement a $30/tonne carbon price for oil sands facilities to drive towards reduced emissions. A legislated maximum emissions limit of 100Mt in any year, with provisions for cogeneration and new upgrading capacity, will help drive technological progress.
Reducing methane emissions
The climate change impact of methane is significant — 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. In Alberta, the oil and gas industry is the largest source of methane emissions.
The Climate Leadership Plan is designed for Alberta’s economy. The economic impact of carbon pricing is expected to be relatively small, and every dollar will be reinvested back into the local economy.
Nov 29, 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has issued the following statement regarding the federal government's decisions on energy infrastructure.
Nov 24, 2016
In support of its made-in-Alberta transition to a stable, reliable and cleaner electricity system, the Government of Alberta has announced agreements with TransAlta, Capital Power and ATCO to end coal-fired emissions on or before Dec. 31, 2030.
Nov 18, 2016
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips highlighted the investment opportunities in Alberta for international investors at the United Nations’ climate talks this week in Marrakech, Morocco.
Nov 09, 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has issued the following statement about the results of the U.S. election:
Nov 08, 2016
Alberta’s actions on climate change will be profiled at a mission in Marrakech, Morocco, led by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.