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

Showcasing Alberta’s climate leadership in NYC

Sep 18, 2017

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips will join global leaders in New York to discuss the role of local governments in addressing climate change.

Strong investor interest in renewables program

Sep 15, 2017

Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage. 

Alberta invests in Edmonton LRT

Sep 15, 2017

The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $176-million grant to the City of Edmonton for construction of the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT.

Cold Lake First Nations goes solar

Aug 28, 2017

Cold Lake First Nations will install solar energy panels on five of its buildings this fall with funding from Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program.

Province commits to the Calgary Green Line

Jul 06, 2017

The Government of Alberta is investing in state-of-the-art public transit to create jobs and keep thousands of Calgarians moving.