ACHIEVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN ALBERTACategory: 2012, Climate, Completed, Grant
Propelled by Premier Redford’s desire to make Alberta the national leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, the Pembina Institute will work with the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance to strategically engage and prepare stakeholders to take advantage of the Province’s emerging energy efficiency policies and programs.
Climate change is an issue of both global and local importance. The projected impact on people, wildlife, water and ecosystems is unprecedented. Alberta Ecotrust has rightfully identified climate change as one of its top environmental priorities in its work to create sustainable environmental benefits for Alberta communities.
In order to help reduce Alberta’s climate impact, the proposed project focuses on the most cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – energy efficiency. In fact, energy efficiency not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions cost effectively, it saves consumers more money than it costs, it is a net creator of jobs and economic activity, and it increases the resiliency of businesses and households to fluctuations in the economy.
Unfortunately, Alberta has not been as active on energy efficiency as other provinces over the past 25 years. This is changing, however, as the provincial government is now working to become the “national leader in energy efficiency.”
To achieve this, or anywhere near it, will require the involvement, buy-in and full participation of all sectors. As many of us know, however, governments are often unable to build this level of buy-in on their own. Significant improvements to energy efficiency in the province will benefit from, and likely require, other groups to engage with stakeholders as well. In fact, if this engagement is not undertaken, government may even abandon their goal to become the national leader in energy efficiency if there is not visible buy-in and involvement from a critical mass of stakeholders.
This project will, therefore, strategically engage and prepare stakeholders to take advantage of the Province’s emerging energy efficiency policies and programs. The engagement will occur through both in-person and electronic communication; it will take place in all quadrants of the province, engage all sectors and provide tangible actions for stakeholders to build awareness, buy-in, capacity and momentum across the province.
Read the report – Energy Efficiency in Alberta.