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

Telephone town halls

Minister Shannon Phillips hosted two interactive discussions with Albertans on the Climate Leadership Plan and its pillars, including the carbon levy and rebates, ending coal pollution and energy efficiency on December 13 and 14.

Listen to the recordings:

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
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What does the carbon levy mean for me?

Pricing carbon pollution rewards Albertans who take steps to reduce emissions.

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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.

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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. Transitioning to cleaner sources of energy will protect our environment and our health.

Phasing-out coal pollution

Pollution from coal-fired plants will be phased out by 2030 and replaced with cleaner energy sources such as natural gas, wind, solar and biomass to meet our power needs.

Supporting coal communities

An expert panel will meet with affected communities to identify supports for workers and opportunities for economic development.

Coal phase-out facilitator

Leading 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.

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Renewable Electricity Program

Alberta will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 through a competitive and transparent bidding process.

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Micro-generation

New micro-generation rules allow Albertans to generate more of their own electricity.

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Energy Efficiency Alberta

This new provincial agency will deliver programs to help families, businesses and communities become more energy efficient.

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.

Oil sands emissions

Alberta's transitioning to performance-based standards and a legislated limit to oil sands emissions.

Oil Sands Advisory Group

Providing effective advice on how to implement emissions limits, address environmental issues and invest on innovation to reduce future emissions.

Climate Technology Task Force

Leading stakeholder engagement and guiding Alberta’s investments in greenhouse gas reduction innovation and technology.

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. 

Methane emissions

Alberta's targeting a 45% reduction in methane gas emissions from Alberta’s oil and gas operations by 2025.

Emissions Reduction Alberta

Working with industry and other stakeholders to identify, invest in and accelerate technologies that reduce greenhouse gas 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.

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Effect on Alberta's economy

Alberta could benefit from improved market access, improved social and health outcomes and a more diversified economy.

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Climate change in Alberta

How the causes and impacts of climate change could affect our environment, health and economy.

News

Alberta welcomes B.C.’s decision on Kinder Morgan

Jan 11, 2017

Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement regarding the B.C. government’s environmental approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline:

Albertans see benefits of carbon levy rebates

Jan 10, 2017

Over a million Albertans have seen money appear in their bank accounts as carbon rebates have started rolling out across the province.

Alberta helps non-profits save money

Jan 06, 2017

Non-profit and volunteer agencies will benefit from a $1-million grant to complete energy efficiency audits.

Carbon levy supports diverse, green economy and jobs

Dec 31, 2016

Alberta’s carbon levy comes into effect Jan. 1 as part of government’s plan to transition the province to a greener, more diversified economy.

Tax cut benefits small businesses, supports jobs

Dec 29, 2016

Small business owners will save an estimated $185 million in 2017 as part of Alberta’s plan to transition the province to a greener, more diversified economy.