Government of New Brunswick
Background


New Brunswickers are experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand, from record setting flooding along the St. John River in 2018 and 2019, to post-tropical storm Dorian in 2019, and the ice storm in 2017. The need to take urgent collective action to reduce the impacts of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy has never been clearer.

New Brunswick’s current Climate Change Action Plan “Transitioning to a low-carbon economy was released in December 2016 and includes actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while promoting economic growth and increasing the province’s resilience to climate change through adaptation.

In January 2020, New Brunswick released a Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report highlighting  implementation progress from January 2016 to March 2020. Over the past five years we’ve seen an increase in preparedness to climate change impacts, energy efficiency programs and tools to address climate change and public health risks as well a decrease in our province’s overall GHG emissions.

A Renewed Climate Change Action Plan


The Climate Change Act requires that the Action Plan be reviewed every five years.

New Brunswick is in a strong position to build on progress, and our renewed Plan is expected to address the actions that New Brunswick needs to take to continue to meet our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030 and put us on the trajectory to meet our longer-term commitments for 2050.

New Brunswick needs to be poised to take advantage of the new opportunities presented by decarbonization while at the same time ensuring we support a managed transition for elements of our traditional carbon-based economy. 

The Plan will also focus on what the Province needs to do to continue to address the impacts of climate and build resiliency in our communities, infrastructure and natural resources.
 

Share Your Thoughts


We want to hear from New Brunswickers on what you see as the challenges and opportunities as we continue to move towards a resilient, low-carbon economy.

We are looking forward to hearing you.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. ADT on February 24, 2022.