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Update for: June, 2003






Alberta Implements Legislation on Climate Change and Emissions Management:

The Government of Alberta reaffirmed its leadership in environmental management April 7, 2003 by introducing legislation that provides the framework for the implementation of its action plan on climate change. Bill 37, the proposed Climate Change and Emissions Management Act, strengthens and complements Alberta's existing legislation on environmental protection and resource management related to air emissions. This legislation reflects a revised version of legislation previously tabled in the Legislative Assembly in the Fall 2002 Session. The revised legislation takes into account input from Albertans and focuses on what Albertans can and will do to improve how they manage emissions, and hence make a difference to Alberta's environment. The Bill reinforces the approach that it is possible to reduce emissions, and at the same time maintain, or even enhance, economic prosperity.

Bill 37, the Climate Change Emissions Management Act, provides for:

  • An overall emission target for Alberta and targets for specific sectors of the province's economy that will be established by negotiated agreements.

  • A tool kit of options to facilitate sectoral agreements and to focus on cost-effective reductions in Alberta.

  • A framework for how emissions offsets will be applied against Alberta regulatory requirements.

  • A provincial climate change management fund to help sectors reduce emissions and invest in Alberta energy conservation, energy efficiency and technology.

A copy of Bill 37 is available on-line at http://www.assembly.ab.ca/.

Alberta Leads the Country in Purchase of Green Power:

The Government of Alberta is taking steps to increase the percentage of green power that it uses. Green power is energy derived from sources other than fossil fuels. A recently installed solar power system is now providing green energy to the Alberta legislature building. The system provides enough power to light 70 compact fluorescent lights for approximately 5 hours. In Alberta, solar power accounts for 28 kilowatts of an available 11,600 megawatts. Also, by entering into long-term contracts with ENMAX and Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., in coming years the province will acquire power from new generation projects that use clean, renewable resources, such as wind, to generate electricity. The 2005 start date allows industry time to build the new facilities necessary. When implemented, green power will account for more than 80 percent of all power used by the Government of Alberta. These actions are a manifestation of the government's commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions made within Alberta's climate change action plan, Albertans and Climate Change: Taking Action.

Alberta Vehicle Testing Clinics:

Environment Canada is partnering to provide vehicle owners with an opportunity to learn more about the emission their vehicles produce and whether or not maintenance and repairs can reduce tailpipe emissions and increase fuel efficiency. This voluntary testing includes a tailpipe emissions test, a tire pressure test, and a test of the vehicle's gas cap (a faulty gas cap seal can allow fuel fumes to escape out into the atmosphere).

Edmonton Calgary Red Deer
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday June 4, 5, and 6, 2003 Friday and Saturday June 13 and 14, 2003 Thursday and Friday June 19 and 20, 2003
9AM to 6PM 10AM to 7PM 10AM to 7PM
Southgate Shopping Centre (west entrance on 111 Street)
11100 - 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
McMahon Stadium
1817 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, Alberta
Bower Place Mall
Red Deer, Alberta
Volunteers will be needed to fill time slots between 9AM and 7PM. Volunteers will be needed to fill time slots between 10AM and 7PM. Volunteers will be needed to fill time slots between 9AM and 7PM.
Volunteer coordinator:

Shelley Cornfield
Phone: (780)496-5993

Volunteer coordinator:

Brian Pincott
Phone: (403)830-2515

Volunteer coordinator:

Lenore Harris
Phone: (403)340-2575


Personal Vehicle Program:

The personal vehicle program provides Canadian motorists with helpful tips on buying, driving and maintaining their vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing fuel consumption can result in cost savings for consumers and benefits for our environment.

The Fuel Consumption Guide allows the user to calculate the fuel consumption data of passenger cars, light-duty pickup trucks, vans and special purpose vehicles sold in Canada.

The EnerGuide label for vehicles is shown on all new passenger cars, light-duty vans, pickup trucks and special purpose vehicles. This standardized label shows city and highway fuel consumption ratings and estimated annual fuel cost for a particular vehicle (this information should be used to compare different vehicles).



Three Projects Funded Under Freight Sustainability Demonstration Program:

The Government of Canada will provide funding of more than $212,000 for three projects under the Freight Sustainability Demonstration Program. In 2001 this program allocated $4.5 million over five years for projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the freight transportation sector. The program supports the demonstration and evaluation of innovative tools, technologies and best practices that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the freight transportation sector. The three recent projects being funded include:

  • Bowater Forest Products of Canada Inc., will receive $43,700 to conduct driver education to encourage more efficient driving practices

  • Espar Products Ltd. will receive $80,000 to lead a project to demonstrate anti-idling technology for long-haul highway trucks

  • Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada and partners will receive $89,000 to lead a project to build and test a dual commodity trailer for use in forestry operations

If you would like more information about this program, see:




European Union Aims to Link Emissions Trading Internationally:

In an attempt to link their emissions trading system with the rest of the world, European Union will produce draft legislation this year that would potentially allow EU companies to exceed their own emissions limits by trading for emissions credits gained by international firms that employ more efficient practices than the standard.

Set to outline the world's first international emissions trading scheme when launched in 2005, the proposal will limit the amount of imported emissions reductions permitted to be acquired by EU traders so as to maintain the credibility and environmental integrity of the European system. It will specify a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial plants.

Allowing firms to buy and sell emissions rights, the proposed trading scheme could create a market place worth 7 billion euros by 2007.

Russia Aims to Harmonise EU Trading Scheme with Requirements of The Kyoto Accord:

Russia remains as the key decision maker as to whether or not the 1997 Kyoto Accord will come into force. Prior to ratification, Russia wants to ensure that the EU will link its emissions trading system with all Kyoto countries without limitations. Russia's favouring of the accord depends a great deal on whether or not the EU would support enabling Russian firms to trade emissions reductions that the Russians acquired in the 1990s.



The annual Office of Energy Efficiency EnerGuide Awards are presented for the most fuel-efficient vehicles for the 2003 model year.

Winning vehicles are determined by testing that simulates 20,000 kilometers annually (55 percent city, 45 percent highway).




Prepared by Alberta Transportation and Alberta Environment          

This information is available on the Alberta Transportation web-site


Peter Dzikowski
Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Issues