Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan will improve air quality by ending coal pollution and transitioning to cleaner sources of electricity. Phasing out coal in favour of renewable energy and natural gas will protect the health of Albertans—especially vulnerable groups like children, seniors and people with respiratory conditions—and save money in health care costs and lost productivity.
By pricing carbon, the Climate Leadership Plan encourages all Albertans to reduce pollution that causes climate change. To offset costs associated with the carbon levy, the Plan provides rebates to families that need them. Six in 10 households will be eligible for a full rebate. Starting early 2017, a new agency, Energy Efficiency Alberta, will offer programs to help households reduce energy use.
Alberta’s action plan on climate change will diversify our energy industry and create thousands of new jobs. The carbon levy, which is expected to raise nearly $10 billion over the next five years, will help grow our renewable energy sector and build green infrastructure. New limits oil sands emissions will help our traditional energy industry secure approvals to reach new markets.