Environment

Second climate change action plan progress report released (09/09/28)

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Sept. 28, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A report entitled The New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report - Building on Success was released today by Environment Minister Rick Miles.

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"I am pleased to release this report detailing what has been accomplished during the second year of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (NBCCAP)," Miles said. "So far, 90 per cent of the actions highlighted in the plan were started or had been completed, which is good news for New Brunswickers. This progress report is proof that our plan is working.

"I am pleased to be part of a government that is taking action on climate change, and I am delighted to share our progress with New Brunswickers."

The provincial government launched the five-year NBCCAP in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse gas (GHG) 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 GHG 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 update reports progress 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. Examples:

In addition, the Department of Environment has developed and launched a website to track and report GHG emission reductions. The website includes information on measuring carbon footprints, tracking provincial emissions, tracking New Brunswick Climate Action Fund projects and reporting on NBCCAP progress. The carbon footprint measurements include three New Brunswick-specific calculators, a meeting calculator, a households calculator and an activities calculator.

"This website is a useful tool for New Brunswickers who wish to learn more about their own carbon footprint and find ways to lessen the affect of their daily lives on the environment," said Miles. "I encourage every New Brunswicker to take action on climate change and to help us achieve results so together we can achieve an environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient province."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.

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