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Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan


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Government of New Brunswick

Building from New Brunswick's 2007 Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), the 2014-2020 CCAP establishes provincial GHG reduction goals for 2020 and 2050:

  • 2020 - 10% below 1990 levels
  • 2050 - 75-85% below 1990 levels

Furthermore, the CCAP lays out key incremental goals to be achieved between 2014-2020: 

Goal 1: Enhance Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change

Key Action Areas:

  • Data collection and research into climate change
  • Risk and opportunity assessments
  • mainstreaming adaptation

Goal 2: Reduce GHG Emissions with Sustained Economic Growth:

Key Action Areas:

  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Increasing renewables and low carbon energy
  • Reducing industrial emissions
  • Reduced emissions from transportation
  • Reduced emissions from other sectors
  • Planning for smart growth
  • Research and innovation
  • Biological sequestering of carbon

Goal 3: Demonstrated Leadership by the Provincial Government

Key Action Areas:

  • Public buildings
  • Vehicle fleet and employee travel
  • Low carbon procurement
  • Inter-jurisdictional partnerships 

Goal 4: Measured and Reported Progress

Key Action Areas: 

  • Energy use and emissions inventory
  • Reporting progress

 Highlights include: expanded energy efficiency, phase-out of coal as a source of electricity, smart grid development, renewable electricity, pricing carbon, and caps on GHG emissions

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