Policies and regulations

Alberta oil sands

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

  • Carbon Capture and Storage - Solutions Start Here: In July, 2008 the Alberta Government announced a $2 billion kick-start to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through new Carbon Capture and Storage projects. Carbon Capture and Storage is a process that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and stores them in geological formations deep inside the earth. Once the projects are implemented, the expected result is 2.76 million tonnes in annual reductions by 2016.
  • Soil, Water, Air (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development): Provides information on Government programs and services as well as various online tools. 

Climate change/energy efficiency solutions

  • Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions is a dynamic catalyst for developing innovative, integrated ways to convert our natural resources into market-ready, ecologically responsible energy. 
  • Alberta's 2008 Climate Change Strategy outlines how the province will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by conserving and using energy efficiently, implementing carbon capture and storage, and greening energy production.
  • Green Building Products and Technologies: AlbertaCanada.com's section on Green Building Products and Technologies provides information related to green opportunities, green building product directories, green organization, and financing options.
  • Green Transit Incentives Program (Green TRIP): The Green Transit Initiatives Program (Green TRIP) will provide $2 billion in funding assistance and incentives to improve and expand local, regional and inter-city transit systems. The program will support new public transit alternatives throughout the province that will significantly reduce the number of vehicles on Alberta roads and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Municipalities, regional entities, non-profit organizations and private sector groups all qualify to receive the funding.
  • Innovative Energy Technologies Programs (Alberta Energy): This program supports the Provincial Energy Strategy, which identifies the need for innovation, research and technology development.
  • Local Government Environmental Assistance Network Consultants Directory: LGEAN provides environmental management, planning, funding and regulatory information for local governments, as well as a directory of consultants.

Land-use and reclamation

  • Land-Use Framework: The Government of Alberta’s Land-use framework was designed to improve land-use decision-making in Alberta.
  • Soil, Water, Air (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development): Provides information on Government programs and services as well as various online tools. 

Recycling and waste management

  • Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA): ARMA, known simply as Alberta Recycling, is a multi-stakeholder organization, designated by the Government of Alberta. ARMA reports to the Minister of Environment and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups. ARMA is responsible for managing the following three recycling programs:
  • Alberta's Recycling Information Line: Alberta's Recycling Information Line answers approximately 700 calls a month on a variety of recycling and waste minimization topics from municipalities, businesses and the general public. This toll-free service operates from 8:15 to 4:30, Monday to Friday. Call 1-800-463-6326.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Round-up Program: The Household Hazardous Waste Round-up program is currently coordinated through Alberta Environment's Action on Waste. Over 127 communities throughout Alberta participate in annual one-day events, with the cities of Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge hosting year-round facilities. Over 17.6 million litre equivalents of household hazardous waste materials have been safely treated and disposed of in the province since 1988.
  • Milk Container Recycling Program: The Alberta Dairy Council launched the Milk Container Recycling Program in 1999 which provides the financial and technical support to community-based recycling programs that collect used milk containers.
  • Pesticide Management Program: The Pesticide Management Program administers and enforces provincial legislation to ensure safe distribution, storage, use and disposal of pesticides. In 1997, over one million pesticide containers were collected in Alberta. There are approximately 99 permanent and 100 temporary pesticide container collection sites throughout Alberta.
  • Waste Reduction and Management: Alberta has achieved significant success in waste management over the last 30 years. The province has built strong programs and initiatives with support from Delegated Administrative Organizations, municipalities and other groups. Working with its partner organizations, Alberta Environment is pursuing a number of strategies and initiatives, all with the intent of reducing waste going to landfill and managing waste resources in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
    • Too Good To Waste: Alberta's newest waste management strategy, Too Good To Waste, identifies opportunities, outcomes and strategies to help the province move forward with innovative waste management programs. It provides a framework and long-term commitment to resource conservation and environmental protection while recognizing Alberta's accomplishments and strengths. The strategy focuses on developing projects that address high volume wastes such as construction, demolition and organic wastes, along with a paper and packaging program, both aimed at significantly reducing the amount of waste sent to municipal landfills.

Water treatment

  • Water for Life: Water for Life is a provincial water strategy that outlines ways to manage Alberta's water resources more effectively.
  • Soil, Water, Air (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development): Provides information on Government programs and services as well as various online tools. 

Government of Canada 

  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan): This Government of Canada ministry seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products.
  • Environment Canada: This Government of Canada ministry works to protect the environment, and conserve the country’s natural heritage. Its programs, services, and people lead the way in implementing the Government of Canada’s environmental agenda.