Climate Leadership Plan

Alberta’s plan to take action on climate change and protect the province’s health, environment and economy.

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  • Methane emissions in Alberta will be reduced by 45% by 2025 under the Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Pollution from coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030 under the Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Transitioning to an output-based allocation approach and a legislated limit to oil sands emissions under the Climate Leadership Plan.

Overview

The Climate Leadership Plan is a made-in-Alberta strategy designed to diversify our economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Canadian provinces and territories without emission reduction plans in place will have a federal carbon price imposed by January 1, 2019. We're acting today, before the federal government acts for us.

Key aspects of our plan include:

  • putting a 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

Progress report and implementation plan

Our plan is designed for Alberta's economy, and it's working. We're seeing success in reducing emissions, investments in innovation, energy efficiency and renewables, and good jobs that are putting Albertans back to work.

The Climate Leadership Plan Implementation Plan 2018-19 presents our planned actions and programming activities for this year and beyond.

The Climate Leadership Plan Progress Report 2016-17 provides an update on the actions taken and the progress made towards achieving our goals.

Carbon levy and rebates

To encourage Albertans to reduce carbon pollution from their homes and cars, a carbon levy is charged on heating and transportation fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions when burned.

Revenue generated from the levy will pay for initiatives that support reducing emissions and transitioning to a diversified and lower carbon economy, including:

  • rebates for Albertans to offset cost increases
  • renewable energy projects and electricity transition supports
  • industrial and consumer energy efficiency programs
  • indigenous climate leadership initiatives
  • transit and infrastructure projects

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.

Under federal regulations, coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030. Moving 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.

New programs will help Albertans become more energy efficient and allow them to generate more of their own electricity.

Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements was introduced on April 12 to allow municipalities to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that would help private property owners make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades without having to put money down.

  • Developing new utility scale renewable electricity generation in Alberta.
  • This new provincial agency delivers programs to help families, businesses and communities become more energy efficient.
  • New micro-generation rules allow Albertans to generate more of their own electricity.
  • Provides financial incentives to Alberta municipalities who install grid-connected solar panels on municipal facilities or land.
  • Helps agriculture producers purchase solar panel systems to generate electricity and reduce emissions on farms.
  • A pilot program that provides grants to Indigenous communities and organizations to install solar systems on their facilities.

Capping oil sands emissions

Alberta has implemented 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.

  • Transitioning to an output-based allocation approach and a legislated limit to oil sands emissions under the Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Alberta's approach to reduce emissions from large industrial emitters, attract investment in clean technology and create jobs.
  • Advises government on the oil sands aspects of the Climate Leadership Plan.

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.

  • Methane emissions in Alberta will be reduced by 45% by 2025 under the Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Working with industry and other stakeholders to identify, invest in and accelerate technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic impact

The Climate Leadership Plan is designed for Alberta’s economy. The benefits are expected to outweigh the costs of carbon pricing.

Improved market access, a reduced risk of federal policies being imposed on Alberta and an investment in economic diversification all support Alberta businesses.

  • Creating jobs and economic growth by investing in a diversified, low carbon economy.
  • How the causes and impacts of climate change could affect Alberta's environment, health and economy.

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