Canada's climate action

Protecting our environment while growing our economy

The Trans Mountain expansion grows our economy, protects good jobs and supports environmental action. It is the first time a Canadian pipeline has been paired with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

How is the Trans Mountain Pipeline part of Canada’s climate plan?


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A clean environment and a strong economy are both essential to the high standard of living Canadians enjoy. The Trans Mountain pipeline helps secure both. [1:35]


Expanding Trans Mountain supports Canada’s climate plan


 

The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion funds green investments, shifts the transportation of oil away from more carbon intensive methods like rail or truck, and provides a bridge to a greener tomorrow.
The project is a key element that will help achieve the goals set out in:
  • Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan
  • Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
  • Canada’s agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Paris Agreements
One of the conditions for federal government approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project was Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan – the most comprehensive and ambitious climate change strategy in North America. Prime Minister Trudeau was clear when he said “We could not have approved this project without… Alberta’s climate leadership plan.”
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Supporting Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Paris Agreement


Canada has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
The expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline was considered when planning to meet those targets. The federal government has designated funds to help provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the national goal.
Alberta, through its Climate Leadership Plan, is reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help meet that national goal.
Coal power – the source of the majority of Alberta’s power generation in 2015 – will be entirely phased out by 2030. Emissions of methane gas – an even more destructive greenhouse gas than CO2 – will be reduced by 45% by 2025. The province is making major investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project facilitates that action. It was determined to be in the national interest, not only because of the economic benefits it will generate for Canada, but also for the important role it plays in meeting the country’s environmental goals.
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