Support for green economy and climate targets grow with introduction of new Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 13, 2018 

K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – A Bill will be introduced to the provincial legislature today that calls for new greenhouse gas reduction targets, and public consultations on environmental goals. 

The bill comes on the heels of the 2030 Declaration, a call from more than three dozen labour organizations, Mi’kmaq groups, businesses, student organizations, energy affordability advocates and environmental organizations, for strong emissions targets and a just transition to a green economy. 

Today’s opposition Bill from the NDP calls for two of the key components named in the 2030 Declaration – a provincial greenhouse gas reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030, and public consultations on environmental goals this year. 

If implemented, it would be one of the most ambitious emissions reduction target in North America. 

“All three provincial parties have shown leadership on climate change in the last number of years in Nova Scotia – we think that setting a strong climate target, and committing to a timeline on broad public consultations on these important issues is critical to continue that legacy and support the prosperity of our province,” says Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre. 

The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act was introduced by the Progressive Conservative government in 2007, supported by all three provincial parties, and was renewed in 2012. A mandated five-year renewal of the act, which includes public consultation, was due in 2017 and has yet to fully take place. In Oct 2017, then-Environment Minister Iain Rankin promised a 2030 climate target and consultations on the Cap and Trade system, which have also not yet taken place. Also in Oct 2017, the Progressive Conservatives introduced a similar Bill calling for renewed climate targets for 2030 – Bill no. 23. 

Thomas says that while Nova Scotia has a lot to celebrate when it comes to action on climate change, he’s concerned that the province does not currently have targets set past 2020. 

“It’s our view that implementing this target will make Nova Scotia a climate leader, and the only province that has a target that will be consistent with the Paris Agreement and create thousands of jobs”. 

Research by The Green Economy Network shows that the 2030 Declaration reduction target could create more than 30,000 jobs in the province within the energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transportation sectors. 

“We believe that this is the best path forward: a low-carbon economy that is born of conversations and consultation, and is designed to benefit workers and communities here in Nova Scotia,” says Thomas. 

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For more information, please contact:
Stephen Thomas 
Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre 
902 441 7136 
stephen@ecologyaction.ca 

*Stephen Will be Available for Media at Province House between 12:00pm and 2:00pm Sept 13th* 

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