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
Mar 17, 2017
Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre.
Feb 28, 2017
A new Energy Efficiency Alberta program will make life more affordable for Alberta families by helping them conserve energy through the latest innovations, such as LED lights and power bars.
Feb 27, 2017
The Alberta government is creating a $36-million rebate program for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings.
Feb 17, 2017
The government is looking for feedback from Alberta’s Indigenous communities and organizations on future Climate Leadership programs in a new survey.
Feb 09, 2017
Government is giving 31 bioenergy companies short-term funding to support the low-carbon industry.