Enabling our Climate Adaptation

The Problem

It’s critical that Edmonton do our part to deliver on our environmental commitments while preserving and protecting our energy industry. 

Energy production is the economic backbone of the Edmonton economy. Edmonton is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon producing region and is responsible for the majority of the $84 billion of energy products exported annually from Alberta; employing over 180,000 people directly and indirectly in the energy industry in the Edmonton region.  

In order to achieve our collective ambitions, Edmontonians will need to play a major role in making meaningful reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it’s important to recognize that 35% of Edmontonians have a household income of less than $30,000 per year. This means that a large portion of our residents are not financially able to make different personal energy choice changes and in fact face the very real possibility of living in energy poverty. 

Our climate change strategy cannot leave this vulnerable demographic behind.

The Policy:

As Mayor, I will ensure our city’s energy transformation path is smart, deliberate and recognizes the day-to-day reality of everyday Edmontonians and the businesses that employ them. 

This will be accomplished through: 

 

  1. Building upon our strengths
    • Investment in an alternative energy carbon neutral accelerator program (such as hydrogen) to support start-ups with connections to mentors, researchers and investors, labs, and testing facilities.
    • Investment in an energy alternatives centre to profile and demonstrate our Province’s unique energy innovations and practices, for example, our global expertise in Carbon Capture Solutions.  
    • Incentivizing the sale of our land assets at the Edmonton Energy Technology Park to supercharge the development of land specially designed for petrochemical-based industries, general industrial, manufacturing, logistics, and related support industries.
    • Collaborating directly with organizations focused on the decarbonization of industry, such as the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, to promote carbon neutral technologies in the capital region. 
  2. Investment in our energy infrastructure grid to enable Edmontonians, who have the financial means to do so, to make personal alternative energy choices. Such as retrofitting homes with carbon neutral and low consumption solutions that:
    • Enable residential electric vehicle charging; 
    • Converting home energy systems to solar allow them to return energy to our power grid. 
  3. Continue emissions intensity reductions of our city buildings and transportation systems through new technologies and processes. 
    • LEED building design and construction for all new city buildings and buildings undergoing renovations
    • Continued conversion of bus fleet to electric, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel systems

The Outcome: 

The city of Edmonton and our residents play an active and important role in creating an environmentally responsible future. We use the tools and assets we have available right now to achieve results as quickly as possible. We recognize that both current and emerging energy sources and technologies are key to supporting a global energy transformation that is both inclusive and equitable, at home and abroad.