Environment

Climate change action plan progress report released (08/09/12)

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Sept. 12, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A report entitled The New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report - The Foundation Year was released today by Environment Minister Roland Haché.

photo"During the foundation year the main focus was on laying the groundwork for meeting the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan," Haché said. "In the first year, 70 per cent of the actions highlighted in the plan were started or completed." (Multimedia)

Work has been done by the Department of Environment and its partners to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. Progress was reported in several areas, including energy efficiency and renewable energy; transportation; waste management; industrial sources; government practices; development policies; managing natural resources; risks and damages; community partnerships and public education; and outreach.

Progress includes:

"I look forward to working with government departments, stakeholders and the public over the next four years to ensure continued progress on the issue of climate change," Haché said. "Reaching the objectives set out in the plan will be vital to the continued economic and social well-being of the province. I encourage every New Brunswicker to be smart and take action on climate change."

The government launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

The document may be found online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, Public Affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.

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