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. As of Jan 1, 2017, a carbon levy is 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
Apr 21, 2017
Premier Rachel Notley has made significant progress on Alberta-China relations during her first three days in China.
Apr 18, 2017
A new Energy Efficiency Alberta program will support homeowners and local Alberta contractors through rebates for insulation, tankless hot water heaters and windows.
Apr 06, 2017
Government and municipalities are celebrating the success of the Alberta Municipal Solar Program.
Mar 28, 2017
Energy Efficiency Alberta’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer will support the agency’s operations from its new headquarters in Calgary.
Mar 17, 2017
Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre.