September 14, 2021

From Outsized Emissions to Outsized Opportunities: Laying the Groundwork for an Alberta Low-Carbon Industrial Strategy

Climate change is one of the greatest global environmental and economic challenges of all time.

Canada’s resource sector is a committed partner to helping Canada achieve its climate ambitions while ensuring that people—and their livelihoods—are supported in the transition to a low-carbon economy and that Canada’s resource sector continues to thrive.

Canada’s path to net zero runs through Alberta. As the largest source of emissions, we can be the largest place of solutions.

Informed by BCA’s Energy and Environment Committee, this background paper, which is the first in a two-part series, explores the progress Alberta has made to date in reducing emissions and why Alberta is the ideal place to invest in achieving our climate goals.


Canada’s resource sector—including energy, mining, forestry, and more—recognizes and is taking action on climate change in order to achieve a sustainable, shared future.

We also recognize that the pathway to reaching our national climate goals, including net zero by 2050, runs through Canada’s resource sector—and through Alberta, in particular. Given Alberta’s industrial composition, it is a disproportionate contributor to Canada’s emissions profile and also presents the best opportunities to drive emissions down.

In short, the only way for Canada to reach our emissions reduction ambitions is with Alberta, and Alberta resources companies as partners.

The great news is that resource companies have already been working hard to reduce emissions, establish net zero plans and collaborations, invest in the technologies and innovations needed for the evolution of our energy sector, and advocate for innovative policy to enable this work.

And they want to—and can—do more.

Sensible public policy can help enable that.

About the Energy & Environment Committee

The Energy & Environment Committee exists to develop a sustainable and inclusive vision and pathway for climate action, a thriving resource sector, and future prosperity for all Canadians.

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