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.
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
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?Funds raised by the carbon levy help pay for initiatives to reduce emissions and support Albertans transition.
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.
Electricity price protectionStable electricity prices for Alberta families, farms, businesses and the economy.
Electricity capacity marketCreating a reliable electricity system that is affordable for Albertans and attractive to investors.
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.
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 delivers 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.
Alberta Municipal Solar ProgramProvides financial incentives to Alberta municipalities who install grid-connected solar panels on municipal facilities or land.
On-Farm Solar ManagementHelps agriculture producers purchase solar panel systems to generate electricity and reduce emissions on farms.
Alberta Indigenous Solar ProgramA pilot program that provides grants to Indigenous communities and organizations to install solar systems on their facilities.
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 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.
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.
- 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.