Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Through the approval of the Environmental Master Plan, the City committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
On September 18, 2013, City Council approved an energy conservation local action plan for St. Albert with a goal to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the City of St. Albert, its residents, and businesses.
Energy Conservation Action Plan
The Local Action Plan for Energy Conservation and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions describes the current state of energy use and GHG emissions in St. Albert, as well as a strategy for maximizing the benefits of reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in the short-, medium- and long-term for both the City (corporate) and the community of St. Albert which includes its residents, institutions and businesses.
The new benefits of conserving energy and reducing GHG emissions include:
- Reducing energy bills for the City, households and businesses
- Limiting the vulnerability of households and businesses to unexpected jumps in energy prices
- Improving health and quality of life by reducing air, land and water pollution in our community and surrounding areas
- Reducing St. Albert's contribution to climate change
- Contributing to St. Albert's and Alberta's reputation as responsible environmental stewards
converting streetlights to led technology
- Working together with FortisAlberta, more than 5,800 High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights are being converted to LED technology. These conversions will help the City save approximately 2.3 million kWh/year, which is equivalent to:
- taking 317 cars off the road
- operating 298 homes
- planting 68,072 trees per year
Partners for Climate Protection
The City of St. Albert became a member of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program in March 2010.
The PCP program is based on a five-milestone framework to guide municipalities in reducing greenhouse gases in the community and local government operations. As a member, the City is committed to achieving the five program milestones, which include:
- Complete a greenhouse gas inventory and forecast -Complete
- Set an emissions reductions target - Complete
- Develop a community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction action plan - Complete
- Implement the action plan - Complete
- Monitor progress and report results - In progress
The City completed a corporate and community greenhouse gas inventory and set revised targets. City Council approved the following targets in January 2011:
- Reduce corporate (City) emissions to 20% below 2008 levels by 2020
- Reduce community emissions to 6% below 2008 levels by 2020
To see the City's progress on air quality initiatives, please review the Report on the Environment.
Last edited: December 7, 2017