Overview of Environmental Tools Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets showcase the various types of environmental tools that can be applied by a government, an industry, a private firm, or an environmental non-profit organization. The fact sheets provide general knowledge about tools and their application. Each fact sheet offers:

  • Definitions and explanations of how tools function to achieve objectives
  • Common environmental applications
  • Examples of the use of tools, looking at jurisdictions worldwide
  • Some strengths and weaknesses of the performance of tools, highlighting factors such as:
    • assurance of achieving environmental outcomes;
    • costs and burdens placed on regulated parties and governments; and,
    • potential for a tool to advance technology and innovation and its adaptability.
  • Special considerations on the use of the tool (design and implementation issues)

Not all environmental tools provided in this guide are operational in Alberta , nor are they to be future policies of Alberta Environment, unless otherwise mentioned.


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Posted: Jan 8, 2015