July 13, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick has been given an overall grade of A- in a climate action report card, up from an overall grade of B last year.
The NEG-ECP Climate Action Report Card - Progress in New Brunswick was released July 12 by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.
The report is used to assess the provincial government's progress on contributing to the climate change goals developed by the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) in 2001. The NEG-ECP is meeting this week in Lenox, Mass.
"New Brunswick's A- grade is very impressive and a strong improvement over the last report's overall B grade," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "It is proof that our New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (NBCCAP) is working and that our government is committed to addressing climate change."
The report card lists the following progress made in New Brunswick:
"The third NBCCAP progress report, released two weeks ago, shows that New Brunswick is about two megatonnes away from realizing the commitment to reducing emission to 1990 levels by 2010 which is great news for all New Brunswickers," said Miles. "The progress report also highlights the fact that New Brunswick recorded the highest percentage decrease of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada in 2008."
The report card identifies several areas where there is room for improvement, including electricity dependency and transportation.
"During 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," said Miles. "Our government will continue its efforts to improve transportation efficiency and reduce emissions from this sector."
The NEG-ECP advances the interests of the jurisdictions in eastern Canada and New England through co-operation and encourages collaboration with the private sector. Over the years, the NEG-ECP has addressed many topics, including the environment, economic development, tourism, energy, fisheries, trade and agriculture.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.