What Nova Scotia is Doing

Nova Scotia has surpassed the federal government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels.

Many different actions by local Nova Scotians led to this this achievement, and we will build on this success for a cleaner energy future.

  • Nova Scotia is the first province to require energy efficient LED streetlights. They 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 tonnes.
  • Nova Scotia has more wind power in our mix than 8 other provinces. As of September 2016, there were almost 567 MW of installed capacity from wind generation in the province.
  • Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada on a per capita basis. More than 95% of residents have access to curbside collection, and 48 of 50 municipalities use clear bags to enhance diversion of organics and recyclables from the solid waste stream.
  • More than 120,000 Nova Scotians have heat pumps in their homes. Of those, at least 100,000 use a heat pump as their primary source of heating. Over the last five years, Efficiency Nova Scotia’s work alone has helped roughly 60,000 Nova Scotians reduce their reliance on oil.
  • Programs run through Efficiency Nova Scotia have reduced electricity demand in the province by 10%. In addition, provincial programs are helping communities install solar panels and create options for low-carbon transportation.

Environmental Goals & Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA)

The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) imposes aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy, improve air and water quality, and protect ecosystems.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

In 2009, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations established GHG emission caps on the electricity sector. These regulations require the electricity sector to reduce its GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and 55% by 2030. 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.

  • Climate Change Action Plan

    The Climate Change Action Plan outlines what we are doing to be leaders in climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for changes to our climate that are already happening. We have made significant progress in putting our plan into action.
  • Renewable Electricity

    Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan sets targets for renewable electricity generation like wind, tidal, biomass, and hydro. In 2015, we surpassed our target of 25% of electricity from renewables, 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. 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 Adaptations Solutions Association (ACASA) promotes research, learning, and collaboration on adaptation issues. Between 2010-2016, the association received funding from Natural Resources Canada for research and risk assessments on priority issues facing Atlantic Canada.