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
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
Carbon levy and rebatesPutting a price on carbon is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
Will I receive a carbon levy rebate?Two-thirds of Alberta households will receive carbon levy rebates. Use our calculator to find out if you qualify.
Where does the carbon levy money go?All the funds raised by the carbon levy will be reinvested in the economy and rebated to Albertans.
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.
Phasing out coal pollutionPollution from coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030 under the Climate Leadership Plan.
Coal Community Transition FundAn initiative to support municipalities and First Nations impacted by the phase-out of coal in Alberta.
Support for workers affected by coal phase-outFinancial, employment and retraining supports for workers affected by the end of coal-fired electricity generation in Alberta.
Advisory Panel on Coal CommunitiesConsulted with communities and workers affected by the end of coal-fired electricity generation to identify challenges and opportunities.
Powering Alberta's futureThe plan to reform the province's electricity system to ensure it meets the needs of the future.
Coal phase-out facilitatorLed discussions with coal-fired electricity generation owners on the transition to cleaner sources of power.
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.
Renewable Electricity Program30% of Alberta’s electricity will come from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and solar by 2030.
Energy Efficiency AlbertaThis new provincial agency will deliver programs to help families, businesses and communities become more energy efficient.
Micro-generationNew micro-generation rules allow Albertans 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.
Capping oil sands emissionsTransitioning to an output-based allocation approach and a legislated limit to oil sands emissions under the Climate Leadership Plan.
Carbon Competitiveness IncentivesAlberta's approach to reduce emissions from large industrial emitters, attract investment in clean technology and create jobs.
Oil Sands Advisory GroupAdvises 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.
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.
Economic impactHow the Climate Leadership Plan will affect Alberta’s economy.
Energy innovation fundCreating jobs and economic growth by investing in a diversified, low carbon economy.
Climate change in AlbertaHow the causes and impacts of climate change could affect Alberta's environment, health and 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.