Alberta's Industrial Heartland is a Critical Component in Canada's Hydrogen Future

The world is moving toward a low carbon future. As a resource, hydrogen supports emissions reduction and offers an opportunity to decarbonize sectors that are difficult to electrify. Hydrogen’s potential to accelerate Canada’s energy evolution is real and it’s growing.

As one of the world’s lowest cost producers of low carbon hydrogen, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland offers advantages that outpace any other region in Canada, including carbon capture and storage infrastructure, and the world’s largest CO2 pipeline, advanced infrastructure, ground-breaking innovation, best-in-class resource development and an educated workforce.

The Association

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investment. It is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. The region’s 40+ companies, several being world scale, provide fuels, fertilizers, power, petrochemicals and more to provincial and global consumers.

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The Region

Over the past several decades, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland has grown into Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. Situated northeast of the capital city of Alberta, Edmonton, the region’s geographic footprint is 582 square kilometres (225 square miles). The Heartland is within Alberta’s Capital Region, the northernmost metropolitan area of Canada and home to over 1.1 million people.

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The Opportunity

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing center. Our unique region offers world class facilities that can produce global scale quantities, and are responsible for 43% of our national basic chemical manufacturing industry. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is ideally located in the province of Alberta, offering attractive and extensive opportunities in multiple sectors.

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Our Advocacy

There is a petrochemical investment window open right now for North America. Alberta and Canada can be the location of choice for billions of dollars of investment in value-add energy facilities – if we work together at all levels of government to create a competitive investment climate. Alberta is poised to attract a potential $30 billion in new capital investments to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland by 2030. The opportunities for the rest of Alberta and Canada are even greater.

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