ELC publishes Climate Change Legal Roadmap: A Snapshot of Alberta’s Climate Change Law & Policy

ELC publishes Climate Change Legal Roadmap:
A Snapshot of Alberta’s Climate Change Law & Policy


In late 2015, the Alberta Government released its Climate Leadership Plan (the “Climate Leadership Plan”) which is a policy document based upon the recommendations made in the Climate Change Advisory Panel Report (the “Report”).[1]


The Climate Leadership Plan focuses on four key areas for further development:

  • implementing a new carbon price on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution,
  • phasing out coal-generated electricity and developing more renewable energy,
  • legislating an oil-sands emissions limit, and
  • employing a new methane emission reduction plan.


While the Climate Leadership Plan sets policy guidance for climate change legislative action in Alberta, it is a very high-level document.  There is not a great amount of detail on the tools and mechanisms that will be used to achieve the policy goals set in the Climate Leadership Plan.


In response to this dearth of policy detail, the ELC will be publishing a series of reports – the Climate Change Legal Roadmap – outlining climate change actions taken in other jurisdictions and making recommendations for Alberta.  This is the first report in the series and provides a snapshot of existing climate change law in Alberta as of April 2016.   Subsequent reports in the series will address carbon pricing, coal phase-out, oil-sands emissions limits, and methane emissions reductions.


You can download this report here



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