Climate Leadership Plan

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

Overview

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.

Revenue generated from the levy will pay for initiatives that support reducing emissions and transitioning to a diversified and lower carbon economy, including:

  • rebates for Albertans to offset cost increases
  • renewable energy projects and electricity transition supports
  • industrial and consumer energy efficiency programs
  • indigenous climate leadership initiatives
  • transit and infrastructure projects

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.

Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements was introduced on April 12 to allow municipalities to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that would help private property owners make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades without having to put money down.

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 benefits are expected to outweigh the costs of carbon pricing.

Improved market access, a reduced risk of federal policies being imposed on Alberta and an investment in economic diversification all support Alberta businesses.

News

  • May 23, 2018

    Alberta has partnered with Tsuut’ina Nation to lower power bills at the community’s sportsplex while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency.

  • May 10, 2018

    Billboards are now on display across British Columbia as the Government of Alberta launches a nationwide campaign to highlight the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. 

  • May 04, 2018

    The Alberta government is making sure affordable housing stays affordable for everyday Albertans by offering housing providers support to upgrade their facilities and lower their emissions. 

  • May 03, 2018

    A delegation of industry representatives, municipal leaders and First Nations will join Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips in Ottawa to share Alberta’s concerns regarding caribou recovery.

  • Apr 24, 2018

    Alberta is protecting jobs and the economic competitiveness of its oil and gas sector as it delivers on its commitment to cut industrial methane pollution 45 per cent by 2025.