Climate change action plan progress report released (08/09/12)
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.
"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;
- the establishment, with federal assistance, of the $34-million New Brunswick Climate Action Fund;
- expansion by Efficiency NB of its energy efficiency programs and initiatives to include offerings in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. During
this period, Efficiency NB met its industrial program participation target six months ahead of schedule, with 10 of the province's largest industrial facilities
joining the program;
- procurement of a provincial green vehicle by the Department of Transportation, with the implementation of fleet vehicle anti-idling policies;
- introduction by the Department of Transportation of a new policy allowing the use of new generation, fuel-efficient, single wide tires, and truck-trailer trains
or long combination vehicles to operate under special permit on designated New Brunswick highways;
- installation of methane management systems at two of the six engineered provincial landfills. Another landfill is in the final stages of system installation, and
others are exploring such opportunities;
- amendment of the Ozone Depleting Substances Regulation to manage ozone-depleting replacement substances. Ozone-depleting replacement substances are
potent greenhouse gases, with a typical global-warming potential 1,300 times that of CO2;
- work undertaken by the Department of Supply and Services to reduce energy use in public buildings, and introduce more environmentally friendly practices
in the care and maintenance of government properties;
- the announcement of a new fish-health laboratory St. George to position the province at the forefront of aquatic animal health science, and to support efforts
in research and monitoring to assess fisheries viability and resources risks;
- developing partnerships with the federal government to undertake a provincial risk assessment initiative for the Atlantic provinces;
- the undertaking by the Department of Public Safety, through the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, of a number of research initiatives and
developmental projects to better assess and communicate risks to the public, and for critical infrastructure managing agencies. These were validated during
the 2008 spring flood of the St. John River;
- amendments made to the Municipalities Act to remove barriers to municipal green energy generation; and
- the forming of partnerships with groups such as Efficiency New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub, the Conservation Council of New
Brunswick, The New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, and provincial and municipal associations who assist in implementing the program.
"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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, Public Affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.