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.
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
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.
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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.
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