Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Nova Scotia are down 17 per cent and on track to beat a 2020 reduction goal of 10 per cent below 1990 levels.
“This success is linked to our equivalency agreement with the federal government to reduce emissions in the electricity sector, and many other sustainable practices and initiatives underway in our province,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller.
The province joined New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers in August 2015 to pledge a regional emissions reduction of 35 to 45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Meanwhile, investments outlined in the 2016-2017 Budget are also helping to improve the environment. Initiatives underway include, $12.2 million for energy efficiency programs for low-income homeowners, $825,000 for sustainable transportation and $350,000 to help find ways to incorporate intermittent renewable energy.
Municipal projects through the Sustainable Practices/Provincial Capital Assistance Program that supports municipal green building practices are also a high priority.