Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) is due for renewal in 2014, and the Government of Alberta is currently considering revisions to the regulation. A stronger SGER would help Alberta reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance social license to operate for sectors, such as the oilsands, that face continued scrutiny of environmental performance.
This briefing note outlines the Pembina Institute's perspective on how Alberta needs to strengthen its greenhouse gas regulations. The standard we use to assesses these issues is whether or not climate policy in Canada is strong enough for Canada to achieve its 2020 target, and then to make deeper reductions thereafter. While Alberta is not responsible for meeting Canada’s targets alone, we do consider the province to be responsible for meeting an equitable share of the overall target.