June 29, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick is on track to deliver on the commitments made in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (NBCCAP), Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
Miles released the third progress report on the action plan today during a news conference at Wilmot Park in Fredericton.
"During the third year of implementation of the NBCCAP, the province has made real progress toward implementing the plan's commitments and building on the successes of the previous year," said Miles. "The progress report shows that New Brunswick is about two megatonnes (Mt) away from its commitment to realize a reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions of 5.5 Mt annually by 2012."
The report notes that New Brunswick recorded the highest percentage decrease of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada in 2008. Environment Canada's most recent data shows that, from 2007 to 2008, New Brunswick reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 5.8 per cent to 18 Mt from 19.1 Mt. This is the equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from New Brunswick roads. Nationally, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 2.1 per cent in 2008 from 2007.
Over the next two years, the provincial government will focus on the transportation sector, which represents 27 per cent of all the greenhouse gas emissions in New Brunswick.
"Transportation is the second largest contributor of emissions in the province," said Miles. "Our government will continue its efforts to improve transportation efficiency and reduce emissions from this sector. New Brunswickers can also make a difference and take action on climate change in the transportation sector by adopting a lifestyle that is not carbon-dependent."
The report is on the department's website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.