Alberta is developing a new strategy on climate change based on recommendations put forward by the Climate Change Advisory Panel. Details of the final strategy are being developed, but there are 4 key areas that the Alberta government is moving forward on:
Phasing out emissions from coal-generated electricity and developing more renewable energy
Implementing a new carbon price on greenhouse gas emissions
A legislated oil sands emission limit
Employing a new methane emission reduction plan
Ending coal pollution
Pollution from coal-fired sources of electricity will be phased out completely by 2030. In place of coal, cleaner sources of generation (e.g., natural gas, wind, solar, biomass) will meet our power needs.
Greater investment in renewable energy projects over time will help us work towards a cleaner energy future.
Alberta will transition to 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 and ensure operators have time to develop and implement new technology that takes more carbon emissions out of every barrel and reduces Alberta’s overall emissions.