Our Work on Energy Issues in Nova Scotia
We know that Nova Scotia can become a hub for sustainable energy practice and innovation. It is time for us to harness the potential for sustainable, appropriate development that will benefit our communities in the long-term. Nova Scotia can become a province with secure and self-sufficient communities, and an area that attracts and nurtures entrepreneurs in sustainable energy innovation. To create secure and sustainable communities, we need to rapidly transition away from Nova Scotia’s over-reliance on oil and coal for energy.
Three main themes guide our work, our campaigns, and our priorities:
Advocating for the justice-based transition, which includes specific support for those affected first and worst by the climate crisis. This means specific solutions and support for Indigenous and frontline communities, workers from transitioning industries and low- and middle-income people.
Ensuring we are moving toward a fossil fuel-free future, in advocating for firm climate targets, comprehensive planning for a future that prioritizes energy conservation and efficiency, ambitious greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy development, and advocating for no new fossil fuel development in our carbon-constrained world.
Maintaining roots, energy and focus in Nova Scotia, while recognizing our place in the regional and national political contexts and participating and learning from coalitions for change everywhere.
Our methods include: educational workshops, regulatory interventions, research and report writing, solidarity work, grassroots mobilizing, multi-media engagement, storytelling,coalition building, and policy advocacy with different levels of government.
Carbon Pricing In Nova Scotia
The EAC Energy Team has been an active participant in discussions in the lead up to the November 2016, announcement from the government of Nova Scotia that it will implement a cap-and trade system to price carbon pollution, starting in 2018. Our work has included convening coalitions of support for just carbon pricing, hosting two multi-stakeholder carbon pricing forums, and a public panel series on developing Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system. Read more about our work to develop an effective and equitable carbon pricing system for Nova Scotia here.
Energy Policy Recommendations
The Ecology Action Centre’s Energy Issues Committee released two reports that chart Nova Scotia’s changing electricity landscape and make recommendations to improve the lives of Nova Scotians. The first report, Electricity and Nova Scotia's Future: Hurdles and Opportunities, introduces a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for energy transformation in Nova Scotia over the coming decades. A companion report, Solving Nova Scotia's Electricity Pricing Problem: Energy Affordability vs. Rising Electricity Prices focuses on the issue of access to electricity.
More information coming soon...
2030 Greenhouse Gas Targets
Better energy policy, and advocating for firm 2030 GHG reduction targets, was an EAC 2017 Provincial Election Priority, find out more about the commitments made in the election here. More information coming soon...
Multi-Media and Storytelling
The Energy Action Team prioritizes Community-led and Indigenous-led solutions in our vision for a fossil fuel-free Nova Scotia. See our publications, podcasts, videos and other materials on community energy here.
SECURE (Smarter Energy Communites in Northern and Arctic Regions)
The Smarter Energy Communities in Northern & Arctic Regions (SECURE) project enables transnational cooperation to increase awareness of the technologies and solutions for energy efficiency and renewables. The project will transfer knowledge from regions with more mature strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development to regions with less mature strategies. The EAC was selected to share best practices and lessons learned from the Nova Scotia with partners in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands.
More information on the project: ecologyaction.ca/SmartEnergy
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Press Release: ecologyaction.ca/secure
Solar Energy in Nova Scotia
Solar PV can help Nova Scotians to transition our electricity system away from its current fossil fuel dependency. This may be particularly relevant for urban residents in Nova Scotia who are less likely to be able to participate in a community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) projects. Find out more about solar energy in Nova Scotia here.
Just Transition to a Green Economy
Climate Jobs Roundtables
Climate Jobs are:  jobs that make a direct and/or indirect contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change; and  jobs that address the inequities of climate change impacts and assist communities in becoming self-sustaining, while coping with, adapting to, or remediating the impacts and inequities of climate change.
Nova Scotia needs to increase its momentum in creating climate jobs. Climate change has disproportionate effects on underrepresented communities and requires continued growth of industries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt. There is an absence of supports, resources, and awareness surrounding the opportunities available in the climate industries.
The Climate Jobs Roundtables project's purpose is to create a roadmap that outlines cultural shift strategies, policies that affect climate jobs, as well as skills development and training programs needed to equip Nova Scotians for a just transition. We will be hosting roundtables in 4 underrepresented communities between August 2017 and August 2018 to inform the roadmap with the voices of those who are most vulnerable to climate change.
The Climate Jobs Roundtables projects developed after several meetings with a group of stakeholders including First Nations, citizens, private sector, academia, communities and non-profits. This group has become a Climate Jobs Council and continues to meet periodically to discuss the Roundtables and other strategies to enable climate jobs creation in Nova Scotia.
Green Jobs Calendar
The Ecology Action Centre’s Energy Action Team is proud to present the 2018 Green Jobs Calendar! The EAC has been gathering stories from inspiring people from across Nova Scotia who work in our growing, green economy; from organic farmers, to small-scale fishers, to renewable energy installers and energy efficiency experts. Nova Scotia has a lot to celebrate.
Considering our region’s challenges, and our collective responsibility in the face of climate change, it is clear that we must move ambitiously toward a just transition to a low-carbon society. That's why we made a calendar that highlights the strength, diversity and innovation that is coming out of Nova Scotia as we head in that direction.
All proceeds toward the Ecology Action Centre's Energy Action Team
Creating a Culture of Efficiency in Nova Scotia
Efficiency is the most cost effective, socially beneficial, and attainable way for us to change our electricity system to fight climate change. The Ecology Action Centre is working with Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation on initiatives designed to encourage a culture of energy efficiency throughout the province of Nova Scotia.
There have been several projects involved in this endeavour:
- Helping not-for-profit organizations save energy
- Municipal Energy Efficiency
- Energy Super Hero Workshops
- Electricity and Greenhouse Gas Emission Tracking
Stopping the Energy East Pipeline
Ecology Action Centre is a formal intervenor in the National Energy Board review process of the Energy East Pipeline, and works with grassroots people and coalition members across Canada to hear concerns from and support people who stand to be impacted by this project.
Sign up to the Stop Tar Sands Tankers mailing list here to stay up to date on the project and community concerns.
Find out more about our past work as the Energy Issues Committee here.