Status: Open
Ministry responsible: Climate Change Office

Overview

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan committed to limit oil sands emissions to 100 megatonnes in any year, with provisions for cogeneration and new upgrading capacity. The Oil Sands Emissions Limit Act enshrined this commitment in legislation and set out the legal framework for implementation.

The multi-stakeholder Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) was established in July 2016 to advise the government on the oil sands aspects of the Climate Leadership Plan and ensure its initiatives are effective. The OSAG submitted their consensus recommendations for implementating a100 megatonne limit on emissions for the oil sands in June 2017. Their advice included:

  • early actions designed to encourage additional emissions reductions in the oil sands
  • additional actions in the event emissions begin to approach the 100 megatonne limit

Executive summary of the OSAG report

Full version of the OSAG report

The government is now seeking input on the OSAG recommendations.

Public and stakeholder engagement

Sessions are being held with industry stakeholders, environment groups, indigenous peoples and communities potentially affected by the OSAG recommendations.

Albertans and any other interested stakeholders, which may include unregulated industries, are also invited to provide input by completing the survey or provide additional input by responding to questions outlined in the technical discussion guide by 6:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Download the Technical Discussion Guide (0.3 MB)

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.

Information you provide to Alberta Climate Change Office (ACCO) is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Your organization name will be collected as part of your submission to the Oil Emissions Limit Engagement Process and any statements you provide will be used for the purpose of assessing future Oil Sands Advisory Group initiatives. Please refrain from providing any personal information in any written submissions on behalf of your organization. ACCO will not use or disclose your information for any other purpose without your written consent or unless required to do so by law. If there are any questions, further feedback, or you wish to request a change to the information you provided, please contact Michael Fulsom, Director of Engagement in the Alberta Climate Change Office, at 780-289-7339, or by email at Michael.Fulsom@gov.ab.ca.

Outcomes

Input collected will be integrated with the Oil Sands Advisory Group's advice to develop an efficient and effective policy framework on how to best implement the 100 megatonne emissions limit, including any regulations.

Contact

For questions or further information, contact the Alberta Climate Change Office at engagement@gov.ab.ca