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Alberta enjoys the beneﬁts of abundant fresh
water, exceptional landscapes and high
air quality. A diverse and rich environment
comes with the responsibility of properly
protecting, sensibly utilizing and respectfully
appreciating Alberta’s natural heritage.
With good governance; meaningful and
collaborative decision-making; and effective
leadership; the Alberta Party believes
we can advance our resource economy
while at the same time honouring and
preserving our unique natural ecosystem. .
The Alberla Parly believes lhal we can improve
our environmenlal condilions and simullaneously
conlinue lo expand our economy. Improved
governance oI waler resources, responsible
developmenl oI land, high air qualily, and
reduced GHG emissions are all very achievable
goals in Alberla. The Alberla Parly believes lhal
wilh cooperalion belween cilizens, induslry,
and governmenl we can make lhe province a
heallhier and more prosperous place lo live in.
Alberla will slrive lo become a global leader
in environmenlal slewardship. The Alberla
Parly envisions a Iulure in which:
· Inlegraled environmenl and energy
policies are developed wilh inpul Irom
induslry and lhe people oI Alberla.
· Waler is viewed as a public good lhal is
responsibly shared amongsl all Alberlans
and conserved as a maller oI course.
· Alberlans are empowered lo make suslainable
choices lo reduce lhe amounl oI wasle lhey
produce and lo conserve more energy and waler.
· Land use policy in Alberla is Iounded upon
a suslainable balance oI conservalion,
developmenl, reclamalion and resloralion.
· The qualily oI our air is among lhe besl in
lhe world and our greenhouse gas ¦GHG)
emissions are signihcanlly reduced.
OUR 4 PRIORITIES
1. WATER MANAGEMENT
The Alberla Parly recognizes waler as lhe mosl
imporlanl resource we possess in lhe province, and
believe lhal ils inlrinsic value should be emphasized.
We also recognize lhal waler resources are complex,
as lhey are deeply inlegraled wilh lheir surrounding
environmenls. We believe lhal, moving Iorward,
responsible managemenl and good governance are
essenlial. This is especially lrue given lhe increasing
pressures pul on Alberla's waler resources by
lhe realilies oI a changing climale, increasing
populalion demands, a growing energy induslry,
and expanding communilies. The Alberla Parly
encourages economic developmenl parlnered
wilh lhe responsible managemenl oI waler.
Good governance oI our waler resources requires
a shared governance model lhal is supporled by
science ¦Ior example, adequale moniloring), public
parlicipalion in decision-making, a prediclable
regulalory environmenl, eBeclive managemenl
lools, and incenlives Ior conservalion. Alberlans
also wanl lo be assured lhal our waler resources are
equilably dislribuled lo benehl lhe Iulure growlh
oI lhe province's communilies, local economies
and resource developmenlwhile prolecling
lhe inlegrily oI our waler resources. The Alberla
Parly will develop a slronger and more complele
process Ior selling slandards, moniloring, and
conserving waler. The governance syslem Ior waler
resources is a crilical componenl in ensuring lhe
suslainabilily oI our walersheds and wellands.
· Slrive lo idenliIy, eslablish and improve
lhe invenlory oI wellands lo ensure
lhal highly valuable wellands are
prolecled. This will include purchasing
or using conservalion easemenls and
olher regulaled mechanismswilh
compensalion where necessarylo
prolecl lhe mosl signihcanl wellands.
· Work wilh and supporl municipalilies
and welland agencies, which have vasl
knowledge and experience in welland
managemenl. We will also supporl and
encourage agricullural producers who are
willing lo prolecl and conserve wellands.
· Eslablish a "Nel Growlh oI Wellands"
or a "No Nel Loss" mandale lhal
recognizes ecological and regional
diBerences in wellands.
· Develop legislaled Conservalion Objeclives
lhal will oBer proleclion Ior waler sources,
and Walershed Managemenl Plans Ior all
major walersheds. We will promole and
encourage groundwaler managemenl plans.
· Develop a Waler Risk Managemenl
Framework lhal will guide planning and
implemenlalion oI waler managemenl
decisions, and will crafl slralegies lo
respond lo droughls, Boods, and disaslers.
· Develop a waler managemenl syslem lhal
supporls lhe growlh oI Alberla's economy,
encourages conservalion and eBciency,
and ensures lhal conserved waler benehls
lhe environmenl. We see waler as a public
good and nol as a markelable commodily.
· Creale incenlives Ior induslry and
households lo subslanlially reduce waler
consumplion. We will build slronger
parlnerships belween landowners,
induslry and land users lo prolecl source
waler and upslream calch basins.
· Work wilh induslry lo reduce lhe
induslrial use oI waler and promole waler
conservalion solulions lhal address lhe use
oI brackish waler, eliminale lailings ponds,
and promole lrealmenl and recycling.
· Work wilh municipalilies lo develop
opporlunilies lo use grey walerwaslewaler
generaled Irom domeslic aclivilies such
as laundry, dishwashing, and balhingas
parl oI lhe waler conservalion solulion
in lhe households oI Alberlans.
2. LAND MANAGEMENT
Alberla's landscape is diverse and bounliIul. Our
province is home lo ecologically unique areas
lhal Alberlans cherish, and an abundance oI
resources lhal have conlribuled greally lo our
lhriving economy. Consideralions oI land use
will be very imporlanl lo Alberla's Iulure as we
slrive lo slrike a balance belween developmenl
and conservalion. The Alberla Parly believes
we can make decisions lhal supporl economic
growlh as well as accommodale bolh public and
privale inleresls, all while ensuring lhal lhe
land in our province is developed suslainably.
Land use planning is imporlanl Ior responsible
developmenl oI Alberla's land and resources.
II done well il provides proleclion lo areas
lhal require conservalion, creales slronger
communilies, ensures lhal compleled projecls
are properly reclaimed, and helps Iosler resource
developmenl in a more suslainable way. The
Alberla Parly believes signihcanl improvemenls
musl be made lo lhe environmenlal aspecls
oI land use planning in our province.
· Ensure planning Ior reclamalion is ongoing
during lhe liIe oI a projecl. This includes
working wilh slakeholders lo creale a more
slreamlined and lransparenl reclamalion
cerlihcalion process, and increased hnancial
bondingdeposils oI money·lo ensure
lhal lhe scale oI lrusl is appropriale
lo lhe level oI reclamalion liabilily.
· Address lhe growing backlog oI induslrial
siles in need oI reclamalion by inlroducing
regulaled limelines Ior lhe abandonmenl
and reclamalion oI oil and gas wells
wilh lhe Bexibilily lo granl exlensions in
exceplional cases where lhe licensee can
provide economic or lechnical juslihcalion.
· Recognize lhe diversily oI lhe seven regional
areas idenlihed Ior land use planning and
commil lo priorilizing lhe Iour headwaler
regional plans. This would include
lhresholds, largels, and limils on resource
valuesall oI which consider cumulalive
eBeclswilhin all seven regional areas.
· Conlribule a small porlion oI royally
revenues lo crealing and mainlaining
prolecled areas. This will also involve
expanding exisling parks and
recrealion areas lo include regions lhal
represenl habilal unique lo Alberla.
· Eslablish a syslem in which operalors
regisler a caveal on lhe lille Ior lands
lhal conlain oil and gas Iacililies lo
ensure lhal polenlial buyers are aware
oI lhe presence oI lhese Iacililies beIore
purchasing lheir home or land.
3. AIR QUALITY
Whelher we are oul exploring nalure or walking
downlown, Alberlans expecl a high qualily oI air.
As cilies grow and our province conlinues lo expand
resource developmenl, il will become increasingly
imporlanl lo ensure we manage airborne pollulanls.
The Alberla Parly believes lhal our nalural
areas, our induslrial areas, and our municipal
hubs should have lhe cleanesl air possible.
· Creale a long-lerm aclion plan lo
reduce commercial and personal vehicle
emissions. Provide municipalilies
incenlives lo supporl allernalive Iorms
oI lransporlalion such as public lransil,
bicycle inIraslruclure and high-speed rail.
· Consider air qualily in lhe same conlexl
as land and waler in regional planning,
and develop local and regional air qualily
managemenl objeclives. We will provide
Iurlher supporl lo exisling planning zones.
This includes consideralion oI vehicle
emissions in urban sellings, induslrial
emissions in concenlraled induslrial areas,
and unique rural silualions such as gas
planls and conhned Ieeding operalions.
· Slrenglhen lhe air qualily managemenl
syslem in Alberla, concenlraling more
on moniloring lhan on selI-reporling
by emillers. Provide a lransparenl
moniloring and inIormalion syslem, which
ensures lhal accounlabilily oI emillers is
limely, inIormalive and proaclive, while
priorilizing enIorcemenl. Work wilh
induslry lo provide and ulilize lhe besl
air qualily conlrolling and moniloring
lechnology lo prevenl air pollulion.
· Supporl lhe need lo equally emphasize lhe
imporlance oI indoor air qualily lhrough lhe
review and enhancemenl oI building codes
Ior our homes, places oI work and schools.
Alberlans wanl lo be leaders in energy produclion
and GHG emissions managemenl. As we slrive
lo become a leader in energy developmenl we
musl recognize and accepl lhal growlh brings
challenges. The energy induslry in our province
is currenlly emissions-inlensive Irom lhe
eleclricily we produce, lo lhe Iuel we burn, lo lhe
hydrocarbons we exporl. The Alberla Parly believes
lhal by Iocusing policy specihcally on our climale
we can lurn lhis challenge inlo an opporlunily
lo lransilion lo greener energy lechnologies lhal
will posilion our economy Ior a slronger Iulure.
Ensuring GHG emissions decrease, even in
Alberla's oflen booming economic climale, will
require ambilious planning and cooperalion
wilh many slakeholders. The Alberla Parly is
commilled lo slrenglhening GHG emissions
policies by employing evidence-based, cosl-
eBeclive melhods. This will require a mix oI
legislalion and slralegic direclion. We will employ
a number oI solulions in order lo ensure our
emissions decrease while our economy lhrives.
The Alberta Party will:
· Ensure lhal coal-hre eleclricily
generalion emission slandards
match those of natural gas
or other viable eleclricily sources.
· Recognize lhal lhere is no single "silver
bullel" technology and lhal in lhe Iulure
we will allow lhe carbon price to provide
lhe signals necessary to advance solulions.
· Encourage and supporl the shiIl of
our eleclrical generalion stock to
smaller decenlralized solar, wind,
nalural gas, dislributed generalion,
and co-generalion Iacililies.
· Implemenl a regulatory Iramework
and incenlives lhal reduce per
capila eleclrical consumplion.
· Work wilh slakeholders to implemenl a
strategy lhal requires eleclrical generalion
in lhe province to meel GHG emissions
largels in line wilh internalional
obligalions by or beIore zoz¶.
· Work wilh slakeholders to incorporate a
gradually increasing price on carbon lhal
better ils environmenlal cosls.
· Reduce GHG reporling lhresholds so lhal
more major emitters are covered, and
increase openness and lransparency of all
GHG reporling under provincial legislalion.
· Work to idenliIy and protecl green spaces,
lhe nalural carbon sinks wilhin Alberla.
Over the years Alberla's energy sector has created
immense value Ior our province and prosperily
for our people. These can conlinue only
if our energy sector adapls to keep pace wilh lhe
demands of a rapidly changing world. Alberla is
in lhe enviable posilion of having lhe potenlial
to be a world leader in developing a suslainable
energy sector combining lhe besl sources and
praclices of our exisling energy induslry wilh
innovalive and crealive renewable Iorms of
energy. We can achieve lhis lransilion sooner and
posilion Alberla to be al lhe leading edge of the
green energy Iulure by building on lhe currenl
strengths of a healthy oil and gas induslry.
The Alberta Party’s Vision for the Future:
Alberla is a respected global leader in bolh
renewable and non-renewable energy. The Alberla
Parly envisions an energy Iulure in which:
· Our leadership in energy provides economic
prosperily, conlinuous environmenlal
improvemenl, and prosperily and wellbeing
Ior lhe people and lhe province of Alberla.
· Governmenl policy and regulalions
are developed in consullalion wilh all
stakeholders, the energy sector's
need Ior cerlainly, slabilily, lhe need to
be compelilive on a global scale, as well as
an adequate relurn on inveslmenl while
commitling to conlinuous improvemenl
in lhe developmenl of a suslainable and
environmenlally sound energy induslry.
· A percenlage oI lhe weallh derived Irom
crude oil, nalural gas and lhe oil sands
is conlinually reinvesled in lhe ongoing
developmenl oI a suslainable and
environmenlally responsible energy seclor.
· Induslry, governmenl and lhe people oI
Alberla work logelher lo make il a realily.
A STRONG ENERGY SECTOR,
A GROWING ECONOMY AND
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
The Alberla Parly recognizes lhe need
Ior an innovalive energy seclor, a robusl
economy, and a heallhy environmenl.
· Commil lo crealing inlegraled energy and
environmenlal policy so induslry has clear
direclion on developmenl aclivilies.
· Ensure lhal induslry and lhe people
oI Alberla will always be consulled in
developing and amending lhose policies
and accompanying regulalions.
· Generale and Iosler an almosphere
oI lrusl belween all slakeholders.
· Creale and Iosler an almosphere
oI innovalion and conlinuous
improvemenl lhrough economic
and markel-based incenlives.
· DiversiIy our energy producls
and lhe markels we reach.
· Take a leading role in lhe research and
developmenl oI new sources oI renewable
energy leading lo a more suslainable and
environmenlally responsible energy seclor.
OUR 4 PRIORITIES
1. BUILDING ON OUR STRENGTHS
IN OIL AND GAS
Our province's combinalion oI nalural resources
and innovalive lechnological experlise perIeclly
posilions our province lo lake advanlage oI
lhe Canadian and Inlernalional need Ior bolh
convenlional and new and pioneering Iorms
oI renewable energy. Making lhe lransilion
Irom an economy largely dependenl on non-
renewable resources lo one lhal includes a
more balanced approach lo environmenlal
suslainabilily and responsibilily will require
lhe developmenl oI a new and innovalive
experlise. This lransilion could pul Alberla in
lhe IoreIronl oI worldwide energy delivery.
baa creaIed buge agIn-oH beneHIa, buI
oIIen Ibe beneHIa accrue eIaewbere. We
wanI Io keeg nore oI Ibeae beneHIa
bere aI bone In our IocaI connunIIIea.
· Provide incenlives lo induslry and
businesses lo build lhe capacily oI Alberla
lo Iosler innovalion in lhe manuIaclure oI
equipmenl, services, and lraining necessary
lo supporl our oil and gas induslry.
· Work wilh lhe Iederal governmenl lo
address lhe coming labour shorlage via lhe
recruilmenl and relenlion oI New Canadians
as permanenl residenls oI Alberla.
II aIao beneHIa aII AIberIana wben
narkeIa. II groducea nore akIIIed
joba and nore groagerIIy. An
· Underlake a slralegic assessmenl lo
delermine an appropriale level oI secondary
produclion Ior our non-renewable
resources lhal acknowledges markel
realilies and environmenlal impacls.
· Seek lrade, exporl, and growlh
opporlunilies in secondary manuIacluring
and processing in lhe pelrochemical
seclor as well as in producls sourced
Irom oil and nalural gas Ieedslocks.
· Pursue access lo inlernalional markels Ior
our oil and gas produclion by supporling
developmenl oI a pipeline corridor
and a wesl coasl liquid and nalural gas
Iacilily, while ensuring lhal lhe social and
environmenlal issues associaled wilh lhe
projecl are approprialely addressed.
· Ensure lhal Alberlans' inleresls are
always upheld in lhe developmenl
oI any nalional energy slralegy.
aucceaa In oIber areaa. Tbe knowIedge,
Io conIInue Io buIId aucceaa In new areaa.
· Parlner wilh induslry lo seek new
applicalions oI such lechnologies
oulside lhe energy seclor.
Tbe energy aecIor Ia aIao aHecIed
ouIaIde oI Ibe energy aecIor. An
· Work lo bring more oI lhe supporling
induslries inlo lhe province, including lhe
hnancial seclor, as a way lo conlinually
increase lhe benehls lhal lhe energy
induslry provides lo Alberlans.
2. REDUCING GHG EMISSIONS
AND TRANSITIONING TO
Fulure growlh in lhe energy seclor will be
coupled wilh greenhouse gas emissions ¦GHGs)
managemenl. Demand Ior greener energy gives
lhe province an opporlunily lo develop new
lechnologies here in Alberla lhal will help make
meaningIul reduclions in GHG's bolh here and
lhroughoul lhe world, and lo lake a lead role in
oBering suslainable energy solulions lo lhe world.
Ibe 8gecIHed Caa EnIIIera ReguIaIIon
(8CER) nore eHecIIve aI reducIng
· Inlroducing a gradually increasing
carbon price lo Iurlher encourage
low-carbon innovalion and greener
energy while also ensuring an
economically robusl energy induslry.
· A lower reporling lhreshold Ior lhe SGER,
so lhal more emillers are covered.
· Conlinuing lo enhance a "lech Iund" and
oBer rebales lo companies lhal oulperIorm
lheir carbon perIormance benchmarks.
We acknowledge lhe polenlial oI carbon caplure
and slorage ¦CCS) lo reduce our green house gas
¦GGS) emissions, bul believe lhere is no single
"silver bullel" lechnology. ThereIore, beyond
honoring exisling CCS Iunding agreemenls,
an Alberla Parly governmenl will allow lhe
carbon price lo provide lhe signals necessary lo
advance many diBerenl lypes oI solulions.
· Work wilh induslry and cilizens lo develop
beller lransparency, communicalion and
consullalion belween landowners, local
cilizens and energy developmenl companies,
including oil and gas companies, solar and
wind developers. We will Iosler a more
lrusling parlnership, making il easier Ior
all parlies lo meel lheir goals. This includes
selling clear rules Ior lhe developmenl oI
wind power and olher energy resources
on crown land lo clearly dehne where
specihc developmenls are appropriale and
where developmenl is inappropriale.
· Commission a lhorough geolhermal survey
oI Alberla. The lasl survey was a nalional
eBorl lhal look place in lhe lale ¡q;os. By
giving enlrepreneurs improved dala on lhe
resources, we can kick-slarl an induslry
wilh our abundance oI drilling experlise.
Ullimalely, lhe cheapesl and cleanesl way lo meel
growing energy needs is lhrough energy eBciency
and conservalion. There is a slrong economic
case lo be made Ior advancing energy eBciency
and conservalion. As a nel job crealor and lhe
cheapesl way lo meel Iulure energy needs, energy
eBciency inilialives improve lhe produclivily
and compeliliveness oI induslry, lower operaling
cosls oI public Iacililies such as schools and
hospilals, and reduce household ulilily bills.
· Sel a largel and develop a slralegy lo
upgrade lhe energy eBciency oI halI oI
all commercial and induslrial buildings in
Alberla over lhe nexl ¡o years in a way lhal
is cosl-neulral Ior governmenl and provides
immediale cosl savings Ior consumers.
· Creale a similar slralegy lo supporl halI oI
all homeowners in Alberla lo do lhe same.
3. ELECTRICITY – TRADITIONAL
POWER FOR A NEW CENTURY
Today, Alberla generales, lransmils and dislribules
eleclricily using a model in which generalors and
consumers are connecled via an aging high-vollage
lransmission grid. The need lo upgrade Alberla's
eleclricily inIraslruclure gives us lhe opporlunily
lo modernize our eleclricily syslem lo one which is
more energy-eBcienl, more responsive lo demand
peaks and lows, and lowers GHG emissions.
Working closely with power consumers and
producers, an Alberta Party government will
create the conditions to advance a more versatile
electricity system that takes into account:
· Energy and conservation.
· Incentives to reduce demand by people
and businesses during peak times.
· The distance between proposed power
plants and the customers that need it.
· The cost of transmission and distribution.
· The environmental and social impacts
of proposed power plants.
· The of people and businesses
generating their own power.
Self-generation of power is one area that has a lot
of appeal for Albertans. Solar panels, small wind
turbines, and units that co-generate electricity
and heat for buildings are all currently being
used in the province. While these technologies
are still maturing, they already help to reduce
infrastructure requirements, reduce environmental
impact and allow people to be more self-
in meeting their energy needs. The
that these technologies bring to Alberta
should be acknowledged and rewarded.
Low-impact electricity generation from wind
power, sustainably harvested biomass, run-of-river
hydroelectricity, solar energy, and geothermal
energy also provide to all Albertans
that should be recognized and rewarded.
To support both self-generation
and low-impact generation in the
province, the Alberta Party will:
· Establish a production incentive for low-
impact and distributed electricity generation.
The level of the incentive will be based on the
level of value provided. The incentive will be
funded through existing mechanisms such
as the Gas Emitters Regulation and
will be revenue neutral for government.
· Repeal Bill 50, the Electric Statutes Amendment
Act, which allows Cabinet to unilaterally
build expensive new transmission lines and
encourages centralized electricity generation.
· Modernize the transmission grid by
developing a province-wide model that
is more and better suited to
transmitting sustainable electricity sources.
Rethinking electricity generation and distribution
can also provide an expanded, stable domestic market
for Alberta natural gas. Natural gas power plants
produce much less GHG emissions than traditional electrical
generation fuels and can be located close to demand – which
lessens the need to build high-voltage power lines.
An Alberta Party government will:
· Regulale coal-hred eleclricily generaling emissions
and environmental impacts to ensure that they
are reduced to the level of natural gas or other
viable sources of power generation.
· Look to low-impact generation to gradually
4. EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION
If our goal is to become a respected global
leader in sustainable energy, we already have
and creative resources to achieve it.
requires a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Entrepreneurship means we are able to recognize
opportunity, while innovation allows us to respond to a
changing world. This begins with building on our existing
strengths, and systematically supporting innovation in
education, research, technology, business development
and environmental science within the energy sector.
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· Priorilize and encourage lhe
developmenl and advancemenl oI
suslainable lechnologies and praclices
in Alberla by commilling a porlion oI
non-renewable resource revenues in
order lo Iund more energy innovalion
and new lechnology venlures.
· Provide a hve-year budgel cycle Ior posl-
secondary educalion Iunding, ensuring
cerlainly Ior our universilies, colleges
and polylechnical inslilules lhal are
lasked wilh lraining and developing
lhe seclor's Iulure workIorce.
· Allracl lhe skilled labour necessary lo
complemenl our knowledge base and
conlribule lo lhe evolulion oI our energy
seclor, so lhal Alberla can build, service
and supporl new and emerging induslries.
The Alberla Parly is dedicaled lo ensuring lhal
Alberla's Iulure is prosperous, environmenlally
suslainable and produclively involves all Alberlans.
We look Iorward lo working wilh induslry, business
and lhe cilizens oI our province lo build a successIul
Iulure Ior our energy seclor and our province.
Thanks lo lhe volunleers in lhe policy and
communicalions commillees Ior producing lhis
policy brieI. Their help has been immeasurable.
We are always looking Ior Ieedback on Alberla
Parly policy. II you have any commenls or
queslions, we would love lo receive lhem. Feedback
Ior lhe Democralic Renewal Policy can be given
on our websile ¦www.alberlaparly.ca), our
Facebook page ¦Iacebook.com/alberlaparly), or
by emailing us al: policy_alberlaparly.ca.
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