Overview

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

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.

News

Solar energy for Stewardship Centre

Mar 17, 2017

Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre. 

Register now for no-charge energy efficiency program

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.

Rebates to help Albertans tap solar resources

Feb 27, 2017

The Alberta government is creating a $36-million rebate program for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings.

Indigenous Climate Leadership programs survey launched

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.

Bioenergy grants protect jobs, diversify economy

Feb 09, 2017

Government is giving 31 bioenergy companies short-term funding to support the low-carbon industry.