Thanks to the significant work completed by the province to address climate change, Nova Scotia has surpassed the Government of Canada target of reducing greenhouse gases by 30 per cent below 2005 levels. This accomplishment has enabled the province to reach an agreement in principle with the federal government that builds on Nova Scotia's national leadership in this area and develop a Nova Scotia solution to moving forward that protects the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians.
We lead all provinces in cutting Greenhouse Gas emissions
In 2009, Nova Scotia released the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations establishing GHG emission caps on the electricity sector. Amendments were also made to the Air Quality Regulations to set tighter limits on Nova Scotia Power Inc., sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions for 2015 and 2020. As of 2014, Nova Scotia has already reduced GHG emissions 17% below 1990 levels, the most of any province in Canada, and is on track to reach 24% by 2020. This far surpasses our target of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.
Nova Scotia is the first province to require efficient LED streetlights
Nova Scotia is the first province or state in North America to make LED streetlights the law. LED lights are expected to use less than half the energy of traditional lights and when combined with reduced maintenance costs, the estimated annual savings could be $18 million. They’ll also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 tons.
More than 25% of Nova Scotia’s electricity comes from renewables
Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan (PDF 947 kb) is a program to move Nova Scotia away from carbon-based electricity towards greener, more local sources. The plan set renewable electricity generation targets of 25% by 2015 and 40% by 2020. In 2015, almost 27% of Nova Scotia's electricity was supplied by renewable energy sources, like wind, tidal, biomass, and hydro, and we are on track to reach 40% by 2020.
Nova Scotia has more wind power in our mix than 8 other provinces
As of September 2016, there was almost 600 MW of installed capacity from wind generation in the province.
Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada
Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada on a per capita basis (combined curbside and backyard). More than 95% of residents have access to curbside collection, and 48 of 51 municipalities use clear bags to enhance diversion of organics and recyclables from the solid waste stream.
Over 100,000 Nova Scotians have renewable heat in their homes
Nova Scotians are doing their part to reduce their energy consumption and replace more of their energy with sustainable sources. Today, over 100,000 Nova Scotians have heat pumps in their homes. Of those, at least 80,000 use a heat pump as their primary source of heating. Over the last five years, Efficiency Nova Scotia’s work alone has helped roughly 56,000 Nova Scotians reduce their reliance on oil.