What NS is Doing

Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA)

Wind turbineThe Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act is a piece of legislation that imposes aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy, improve air and water quality, and protect ecosystems.

Climate Change Action Plan

We know we can't tackle climate change without serious action. That's why Nova Scotia developed a Climate Change Action Plan. It outlines what we will do to be leaders in climate change, including:

  1. Reducing our contribution to climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  2. Preparing for changes to our climate that are already inevitable.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

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.

Renewable Electricity

Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan  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.

Adaptation Workplan

Nova Scotia Environment is working to enhance government’s capacity to incorporate climate change into government planning and operations, so we can anticipate and respond to a variety of climate impacts.  Many aspects of mainstreaming adaptation are complex, and require collaboration across government. The department’s program of work is called the Adaptation Workplan. It is based on strengthening social cultural factors, such as commitment, leadership, engagement, empowerment, and information sharing, as well as more technical initiatives.

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions (ACAS)

The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) promotes research, learning, and collaboration on adaptation issues.  Between 2010-2016, ACASA received funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) for research and risk assessments on priority issues facing Atlantic Canada.    

Climate Change Adaptation Fund

The Climate Change Adaptation Fund program was launched in 2010 to support efforts and actions by communities in order to:

  1. Identify and assess the threats and opportunities related to climate change in Nova Scotia;
  2. Build Nova Scotia’s capacity to become better suited to new and different climatic conditions.

The fund has supported groups and individuals, including non-profit organizations, municipalities, universities, and businesses, conducting efforts to help build a stronger community. The final reports for CCAF projects are located below.

Reports from 2010-2014: