Government of New Brunswick

Description and Background
The Province of New Brunswick will develop the key energy components for the 2012-2020 New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan.

In New Brunswick, the various forms of energy use such as transportation, electricity generation or industrial sources, are responsible for 92 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy policy is therefore closely tied to our carbon footprint. The Department of Environment, in cooperation with stakeholders and other departments, will develop a new Climate Change Action Plan. The plan will be developed following an analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and adaptation options and a public engagement process. The Department of Energy and Mines, Efficiency NB and NB Power will also be important contributors to the energy components of the renewed Climate Change Action Plan. The outcomes of the actions included in the plan will help New Brunswick achieve its target of reducing GHG emissions.

The plan is expected to be comprehensive in scope and include a number of specific actions in the following areas: renewable energy and energy efficiency, transportation, waste reduction and diversion, industrial sources, government leading by example, adaptation, partnerships and communication.

Key Objectives Served by this Action
Environmental Responsibility
– In addition to the essential need for a healthy environment, the province’s environmental performance affects our competitiveness for investment attraction, marketability of goods and services, and economic development. Our province must do its part to mitigate climate change and remain competitive.