HALIFAX - Although some progress has been made, none of the Atlantic provinces is on track to hit regional greenhouse gas emission reduction levels promised in 2001, says a regional coalition of environmental groups.
The coalition — the Sierra Club-Canada Atlantic, the Ecology Action Centre and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Eco P.E.I. — released a report Monday as eastern Canadian Premiers and New England governors held their annual meeting in Lenox, Mass.
The group pointed out that under the regional climate change action plan, jurisdictions on both sides of the border agreed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. The overall goal is to see reductions by up to 85 per cent by 2050.
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From Monday, July 12 the North Eastern Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) are meeting in Lenox, Massachusetts, to discuss regional issues, including the progress of the regional Climate Change Action Plan. The NEG-ECP Climate Change Action Plan was put in place in 2001. It sets three long-term goals:
- Reduce regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2010.
- Reduce regional GHG emissions by at least 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.
- Reduce regional GHG emissions by 75-85% in the long-term.
The progress of NEG-ECP toward these goals has been monitored and evaluated since 2001 by, among others, Atlantic Canadian Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC), a coalition of non-governmental organizations, including Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and ECO-PEI.... Read more »
HALIFAX - A regional coalition of environmental groups is keeping tabs on Atlantic provincial governments as they try to meet climate change goals set 10 years ago.
Atlantic premiers and New England governors pledged in 2001 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in phases, by up to 85 per cent by 2050.
New Brunswick's Conservation Council says the province has implemented much of what it agreed to and is on target to cut emissions to 1990 levels by 2012.
But Piotr Trela of the Sierra Club says none of the Atlantic provinces are on track to reach the milestones.
An environmental group wants some changes in the offshore as part of a Climate Change Action Plan. The Atlantic Canadian Sustainable Energy Coalition is hoping the plan gets some attention as Premier Danny Williams meets with the North Eastern Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Massachusetts today.
Dr. Piotr Trela of the Sierra Club, one of the organizations of the coalition, says although some progress has been made, none of the Atlantic Provinces are on track to reach the milestones, one of which is to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. In 2008 this province's emissions were 6.8 percent above their 1990 emissions. He says what's even more troubling is our per capita emissions which are up 21 percent.