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
Telephone town halls
Minister Shannon Phillips hosted two interactive discussions with Albertans on the Climate Leadership Plan and its pillars, including the carbon levy and rebates, ending coal pollution and energy efficiency on December 13 and 14.
Listen to the recordings:
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
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. Transitioning 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.
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.
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.
Jan 11, 2017
Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement regarding the B.C. government’s environmental approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline:
Jan 10, 2017
Over a million Albertans have seen money appear in their bank accounts as carbon rebates have started rolling out across the province.
Jan 06, 2017
Non-profit and volunteer agencies will benefit from a $1-million grant to complete energy efficiency audits.
Dec 31, 2016
Alberta’s carbon levy comes into effect Jan. 1 as part of government’s plan to transition the province to a greener, more diversified economy.
Dec 29, 2016
Small business owners will save an estimated $185 million in 2017 as part of Alberta’s plan to transition the province to a greener, more diversified economy.