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.
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:
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.