The Government of Alberta released Clearing the Air: Alberta’s Renewed Clean Air Strategy which reaffirms commitment to the management of Alberta’s air quality for the benefit of all Albertans. The renewed strategy is guided by an action plan and contains three outcomes:
- The well-being of Alberta’s population is supported by effective air quality management;
- Air quality will maintain, protect and sustain healthy ecosystems; and
- Air quality management supports economic sustainability.
The purpose of the renewed clean air strategy is to position the province to better anticipate and prevent impacts that could negatively affect air quality. The action plan provides key actions and timelines for implementation to support the outcomes identified in the renewed clean air strategy. It outlines the shared responsibility and roles between levels of government and stakeholders and includes working with municipal associations to assist municipalities in addressing air quality within municipal plans as a key action.
The first provincial strategy was developed in 1991 and demonstrated a vision and commitment to air quality management in the province. It also gave rise to the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA), a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides strategies to assess and improve air quality for Albertans. CASA played a significant role in the development of the renewed strategy through extensive stakeholder engagement and the creation of a Clean Air Strategy Project Team. The work of this team resulted in a comprehensive report and recommendations for the Government of Alberta to consider in the development of the renewed strategy and its associated action plan.
The province has evolved in a number of areas since the original clean air strategy was developed. The renewed strategy includes implications of growth and development on the environment, increased public interest in air quality issues and related health impacts, increased policy coordination at different levels of government, and transitioning to a cumulative effects management approach to meet regional outcomes under the Land-use Framework.
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