Climate Leadership Plan

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


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 must have an emission reduction plan in place by 2018 or Ottawa will impose a federal carbon tax. 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

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 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.

All of the revenue generated from the levy will be reinvested in the economy to pay for:

  • efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • rebates for Albertans to offset cost increases
  • renewable energy projects and green infrastructure
  • research and innovation

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.

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.

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.

Economic impact

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.


  • Mar 14, 2018

    The Alberta government is supporting municipalities by investing in new programs that will save communities money and help diversify local economies.

  • Mar 13, 2018

    Environment Minister Shannon Phillips will highlight Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and the importance of moving Alberta’s resources to market at the GLOBE 2018: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business in Vancouver, B.C., from March 13 to 15.

  • Feb 09, 2018

    Alberta has partnered with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and lower utility expenses.

  • Feb 05, 2018

    Albertans will see new jobs, more private-sector investment and increased green power generation as the next phase of the Renewable Electricity Program focuses on partnerships with Indigenous communities. 

  • Feb 02, 2018

    The province is supporting a partnership between the Kainai First Nation and The Rockies Institute that will boost climate change education, research and planning in the community.